What technique should be used for intermittent catheterization in elderly patients with neurogenic bladder?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Bradley C Gill, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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For older individuals and those with a weak immune system, the use of sterile technique for intermittent catheterization has been recommended. Older persons are at higher risk than younger persons for developing bacteriuria and other complications of intermittent catheterization because they do not have a strong defense system against infection. Although the incidence of infection and other complications for older patients using sterile versus clean intermittent catheterization is not well established, sterile intermittent catheterization appears to be the safest method for this high-risk population.


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