The Male Experience of ISC with a Silicone Catheter

by: Karen Logan

Since its introduction in the 1970s, intermittent self-catheterisation (ISC) has become more common and should be considered the method of choice for draining retained urine.  The realisation for male patients that they require catheterisation can be associated with a significant physical and psychological burden (Shaw and Logan, 2013).  This article describes a UK multi-centre patient satisfaction survey evaluating the features of a male ISC silicone catheter.  The survey was aimed at determining patient preferences and perceptions of learning ISC with the intermittent catheter to evaluate if a silicone catheter is acceptable and user friendly.  This information is intended to be used to expand the knowledge base around catheter selection and help guide nurses who offer a choice of catheters when teaching ISC to patients.

Karen Logan, Consultant Nurse and Director of Continence Services, Aneurin Bevan Health Board, Llanfrechfa Grange Hospital, Wales

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British Journal of Nursing, 2015 (Urology Supplement), Vol 24, No 9

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