Don’t resort to bladder catheterization for managing incontinence or performing simple diagnostic tests.

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Other health practices

Topic Area


Often, in the care of not self-sufficient elderly patients recourse is made to bladder catheterization to manage incontinence and/or perform diagnostic tests.The literature gives precise indications concerning the situations in which you need to resort to bladder catheterization, beyond which the patient is subjected to an unnecessary and increased risk of infection.


1. European Association of Urology Nurses (2012). Evidence Based Guidelines for best practice inn urological health care. Catheterisation indwelling catheter in adults. [on line]. Disponibile da [consultato il 04.09.14].
2. HSE (2011). Guidelines for the prevention of catheter associated urinary tract infection. [on line]. Disponibile da [consultato il 04.09.14].
3. Gould CV, Umscheid CA, Agarwal RK, Kuntz G, Pegues DA. Guideline for prevention of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (2009). [on line]. Disponibile da: [consultato il 04.09.14].

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