A catheter can be important to patients recovering from surgery or urinary problems such as incontinence or urethral blockages. One particular type is a Foley catheter, an indwelling catheter inserted through the urethra into the bladder. It typically has a balloon inflated to keep it in place. Flushing a catheter means it is free from debris and infections. Catheter flushing may sound complicated, but we have everything you need to know about how to flush a Foley catheter.
While the procedure is pretty straightforward, it must be done with great care and attention to detail.
You should work with your doctor or nurse to determine your needed supplies. They may also have some tips to make flushing a catheter simpler, easier, and less messy. Some of the common supplies used are listed below -
Supplies needed for irrigating a catheter properly:
While this is a pretty straightforward procedure, doing things in the correct order is vitally important. There are roughly ten steps to flush a Foley catheter properly:
Now you know how to flush a foley catheter, but when should you do it? The general rule of thumb is, be proactive and flush your catheter daily. You may need to do this multiple times as a preventative measure to ensure the catheter is clear and your bladder is clean. Situations that may require irrigation include:
Irrigating a Foley catheter cleans the bladder, mucus, or blood clots and is essential to do before inserting the catheter and to ensure maintenance. While it may seem like a complicated procedure, flushing a foley catheter will become simpler and easier once you develop a routine (and stick to it). Like anything else, repetition will make it second nature!! Be sure to visit HPFY for all your urological needs.
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Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.
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