What are the indications for use of indwelling catheters for the treatment of neurogenic bladder?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Bradley C Gill, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Restrict the use of indwelling catheters to the following situations:

  • As comfort measures for the terminally ill

  • To avoid contamination or to promote healing of severe pressure sores

  • In cases of inoperable urethral obstruction that prevents bladder emptying

  • In individuals who are severely impaired and for whom alternative interventions are not an option

  • When an individual lives alone and a caregiver is unavailable to provide other supportive measures

  • For acutely ill patients who require accurate monitoring of fluid balance

  • For severely impaired persons for whom bed and clothing changes are painful or disruptive

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