Medical personnel are required to learn how to properly insert a catheter. So many patients require the insertion of catheters for various medical conditions. The insertion of the Foley catheter is required for urine regulation, bladder compression. A Foley catheter is often inserted before surgeries pertaining to the gastrointestinal tract.
To insert a Foley catheter, the health care professional will first gather up all the equipment necessary. The person doing the procedure should explain the procedure and what you can expect. He or she should help to get the patient onto the table and lie down. The patient should lie flat with face up, legs open and feet together.
The professional will open the kit, prepare the sterile field and put on the gloves. He or she will make sure the balloon is open then apply lubricant to the tip of the catheter and cleanse the genital area with a lubricant. The professional will separate the labia in a woman to insert the catheter or hold the penis upright in a man. The doctor or nurse will then insert the catheter about 2 inches beyond where the urine is found.
The professional will make sure the balloon is inflated after insertion. This is what holds the Foley catheter in place; the catheter will be in place when it reaches the neck of the bladder. The catheter will then be secured to the drainage system. The doctor or nurse will then make sure the bag is connected below the bladder and the tubing is flexible and not too tight. The heath care professional will then evaluate the quantity, color and odor of the urine.
Sometimes there may be complications, such as tissue trauma if the catheter was not inserted properly. Sometimes bacteria will set in and cause infections. Make sure you go over with your doctor or health care professional exactly how you are feeling after the procedure, if he or she neglects to ask you.
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