What educational information should be provided to patients with bladder dysfunction?

Updated: Jan 04, 2019
  • Author: Gregory T Carter, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Elizabeth A Moberg-Wolff, MD  more...
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Patients should receive education on the following aspects of care:

  • Proper techniques of intermittent self-catheterization (including timing and frequency)

  • Effects of oral medications on bladder function

  • Use of facilitative bladder emptying techniques, such as the Credé and Valsalva maneuvers

  • Efficient use of assistive devices employed in bladder care

  • Possible long-term comorbidities and complications

  • Management of some emergencies (eg, absence of urine output secondary to a kinked catheter)

  • Prevention of potential complications (eg, urinary tract infection, bladder cancer, and urolithiasis)

For patient education resources, see the Kidneys and Urinary System Center and the Cancer and Tumors Center, as well as Bladder Control Problems, Bladder Cancer, and Understanding Bladder Control Medications.

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