Don’t use the bladder catheterization if not expressly recommended. If necessary, follow the guidelines as far as the choice of the devices, the insertion procedure, the management, the early removal and patient education are concerned.

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Other health practices

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The practice of bladder catheterization appears to be, long since, among the most prevalent in health facilities – including private hospitals and home care – thus resulting in a procedure with a significant transversal scope.An improper indication and subsequent management of bladder catheterization can determine up to 40% of infections related to care practices, resulting in increased morbidity and costs. From this data comes the need to standardize the knowledge and skills of all workers involved in the process of bladder catheterization, especially in order to prevent the care-related infections associated with this practice.


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