Catheterization is basically the process of inserting a catheter into a body cavity to allow body fluids to pass out of the body.
The procedure is of two types – cardiac catheterization (where a catheter is inserted into the heart through a vein in the arm to diagnose heart problems) and urinary catheterization (where a catheter is inserted into the bladder through the urethra to drain out urine from the body).
A urinary catheter is a flexible, hollow tube that is inserted into the bladder to help drain out the urine. The various kind of urinary catheters available are; Rubber Catheter, Silicone Catheter and Plastic or PVC catheter.
There are many medical reasons behind the use of a urinary catheter. A doctor usually recommends the use of a urinary catheter in the following medical conditions;
Urinary catheters are of three types –
Indwelling catheter also referred to as urethral, foley or suprapubic catheter is the type of catheter which is left inside the bladder for a week, month or as needed and recommended by the doctor.
In foley catheterization, a catheter is inserted in the bladder through the urethra, while in suprapubic catheter a tube is inserted in the bladder through an incision made in the belly instead of the urethra.
The catheter is made to stay inside the bladder with the help of a tiny inflated balloon. This balloon can be deflated at the time of removal of the catheter.
Even after taking a lot of precautions and practicing caution in catheter care, there still remains the danger of infections like;
External catheters are convenient and suitable to be used only in men owing to the shape of the catheter.
In this type of catheter a condom like device covers the head of the penis and a tube leads from the condom device to a drainage bag.
This type of catheter carries a lower risk of infection and can be daily changed.
This type of catheter is used especially during medical procedure for a short time and should be removed after the procedure is completed.
External catheters are often referred to as in and out catheter by healthcare professionals. External catheters are relatively safe to use and don’t cause any infections or other health problems.
Female catheterization is different from male catheterization, since female urethra is shorter in length than male urethra. There are three types of female intermittent catheters, namely;
The catheter used in haemodialysis is a tunneled catheter and is placed under the skin.
Tunneled catheters are of two types –
Non – cuffed tunneled catheter is typically used during emergencies and for a shorter duration, while the cuffed tunneled catheter can be used for longer period of time.
Dialysis catheter can cause infection and blood clot inside the catheter even after a lot of catheter care. Some of the symptoms of infections due to the catheter are;
We at Portea have a team of trained and caring nurses who are always available at your service to ensure you have smooth catheterisation in comfort of your home.
Our skilled nurses take all the necessary care to prevent you from any pressure injuries, tripping, accidents, or any other discomfort due to catheterisation. Nurses also help the patient to drain the urine bag carefully at regular intervals without any concerns.
Besides these, experienced nurses are skilled in taking the necessary care after catheter removal. Our nursing service for catheterisation is available for the individuals of all age-groups, no matter whether it’s a kid, adult, or an aged individual.
With Portea at your service, you need not have to travel to and fro from hospital for urinary catheterisation as we provide your nursing service conveniently at home by keeping your comfort as priority. So, simply call us or get in touch with us to receive the best nursing for catheterisation in your place of abode without any concerns.
Nurses visiting you at home for nursing assistance for catheterisation also guide you with healthy diet tips.
They ensure you have fiber rich diet to help you keep constipation troubles at bay, as constipation may affect catheter drainage adversely.
Nurses recommend you to have healthy diet comprising figs, nuts, dried prunes, and dates and have good intake of fluids so that you stay healthy and constipation-free during catheterisation.
Caring nurses are skilled in taking the right catheterisation care of individuals of all age groups.
Whether it’s a child or an elderly individual who needs catheterisation, expert nurses are efficient enough to take care of catheterisation without causing any discomfort to the patient and take into consideration the psychology of the patient.
For instance, if a child in your family needs catheterisation and he is scared of it, caring nurses will convince the kid that there is nothing to panic and ensure that the child receives smooth catheterisation.
You need to take a great care during catheterisation as well as after catheter removal. Nurses educate you with the right care that you need to take post catheter removal.
They recommend you to wear loose clothes if you suffer rash or irritation due to catheter, drink plenty of healthy liquids, and go for a sitz bath if you face trouble urinating after catheter removal.
So, if you need nursing for catheterisation, contact us at Portea and you will receive excellent nursing assistance for the same in comfort of your home.
Mother & Baby Care
Mr. Raj Shekhar
Age 32, Chennai
I would like to thank you for the nursing services arranged during the last 10 days. Appreciate your help. I would like to mention Antony (Nursing co-coordinator) for the excellent support and help.
Kudos to @PorteaMedical
for taking care of my senior citizen parents and a physically challenged sister in Lucknow at this hour of need when the existing caretaker left in the middle of lockdown ..within a day the arrangements were made can’t thank you enough! #inthistogether