Intermittent self-catheterisation (ISC) is the insertion and removal of a catheter to drain the bladder and is a safe and effective way to preserve renal function. It can be used as a one-off intervention to drain urine post-operatively or to measure residual urine volumes if a bladder scanner is unavailable. ISC can also be used as a long-term option to manage bladder dysfunction, and for some provides an excellent option to maintain independence and improve quality of life. Urinary tract infections are a common complication for women undertaking ISC. This article explores the prevention of urinary tract infections in women undertaking long-term ISC for the management of bladder dysfunction.
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- Urinary catheterisation
- Urinary tract infections
- Urinary retention