“Intermittent catheterization is the insertion and removal of a catheter several times a day to empty the bladder. This type of catheterization is used to drain urine from a bladder that is not emptying adequately or from a surgically created channel that connects the bladder with the abdominal surface (such as Mitrofanoff continent urinary diversion). Intermittent catheterization is widely advocated as an effective bladder management strategy for patients with incomplete bladder emptying due to idiopathic or neurogenic bladder dysfunction. Urologic nurses are at the forefront of educating and teaching patients how to self-catheterize.
“Although the prevalence of chronic urinary retention (CUR) is unknown, it is common in certain neurologic conditions such as spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis (MS). Patients with CUR are often sent home with instructions to manage their urinary retention via clean intermittent catheterization (CIC). Little is known about the quality of individuals’ lives, or the barriers or complications they experience in implementing this intervention.”
“Intermittent catheterization, often performed by the users themselves and known as intermittent self-catheterization (ISC), has become the gold standard treatment for people with chronic urinary retention. To date , there are no validated patient-reported outcome measures for individuals who rely on ISC that focus on ISC-related quality of life and can help health care professionals and catheter users to optimize long-term ISC care.”