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

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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. Patel PK, Advani SD, Kofman AD, et al. Strategies to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections in acute-care hospitals: 2022 Update. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2023;44:1209-31.
2. Schaeffer AJ, Richie JP, Chen W. Placement and Management of urinary catheters in adults. in UpToDate 2024- UpToDate. Waltham (MA) 2024 - [Internet . [accessed January 2024].
3. European Association of Urology Nurses (2012). Evidence Based Guidelines for best practice in urological health care. Catheterisation indwelling catheter in adults [Internet]. [accessed January 2024].
4. HSE (2011). Guidelines for the prevention of catheter associated urinary tract infection. [Internet].,12913,en.pdf [accessed January 2024].



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