What are the steps for catheterization of a female patient?

What are the steps for catheterization of a female patient?


  1. Place patient in supine position with legs spread in stirrup position.
  2. Perform thorough hand hygiene.
  3. Using sterile technique, drape urethra.
  4. Clean urethral opening with antiseptic (Betadine used here) while maintaining aseptic technique.
  5. Lubricate catheter.
  6. Advance catheter until urine appears.

What are the steps in putting in a catheter?

Insert the Foley catheter until you reach the “Y” of the catheter. Slowly inflate the balloon with the attached syringe, using the correct amount of water stated on the catheter tip in ml, then disconnect the syringe from the Foley. Very gently and slowly slide the catheter out of the body until it stops.

Is inserting a catheter painful?

Inserting either type of catheter can be uncomfortable, so anaesthetic gel may be used on the area to reduce any pain. You may also experience some discomfort while the catheter is in place, but most people with a long-term catheter get used to this over time. Read more about the types of urinary catheter.

Where does a catheter go in a woman?

Insert the catheter: Hold the labia apart with one hand. Slowly put the catheter into the meatus with your other hand. Gently push the catheter about 3 inches into the urethra until urine begins to come out. Once urine starts to flow, push the catheter up 1 inch more and hold it in place until the urine stops.

Why do we insert a Foley catheter?

By inserting a Foley catheter, you are gaining access to the bladder and its contents. Thus enabling you to drain bladder contents, decompress the bladder, obtain a specimen, and introduce a passage into the GU tract. This will allow you to treat urinary retention, and bladder outlet obstruction.

Is it difficult to insert a catheter?

Insertion difficulties Men may have difficulties inserting the catheter through tense sphincter muscles or past the prostate. Tips: Try to relax, take some deep breaths and give a slight cough when you insert the catheter. You can also try to twist the catheter a little bit to get through.

What size foley catheter is commonly used for adults?

They vary in size between 12 Fr (4 mm) and 30 Fr (10 mm). Size 12 Fr is large enough to relieve urinary obstruction in most adults, although practitioners typically choose size 14 to 16 Fr for initial catheterization. Larger diameter catheters may be required for adequate drainage of hematuria or clots.

Can you pee with a Foley bulb?

You will be able to pass your urine and move your bowels without any problem. You may get some spotting for a few hours after insertion, which is very normal. You may experience cramping, just the way may feel during your periods, and it may stay until the catheter falls.

Why do I feel the urge to pee with a catheter?

You may also feel urine come out around the catheter. This is caused by bladder spasms and you cannot control these. Make sure the catheter is not blocked and is taped properly. If the spasms continue, contact your doctor.

Does a catheter affect bowel movements?

If you have a suprapubic or indwelling urinary catheter, it is important not to become constipated. The bowel lies close to the bladder and pressure from a full bowel can result in obstruction in the flow of urine down the catheter or urinary leakage through the urethra (channel you urinate down).

Why can’t I insert a catheter?

If you are too tense, the sphincter muscle of your bladder may be tight, which may lead to difficulty inserting your catheter. Don’t force the catheter tube if you encounter some resistance. Instead, take some deep calming breaths. This may help you relax enough that you can try again after a few minutes.

What is the most common Foley catheter size?

Is 16f or 18f Foley bigger?

A catheter with a diameter of 4.7 mm will have an FR size of 14. The common Foley catheter sizes are in the range of 10 FR to 28 FR. A 16 French Foley catheter indicates a Foley catheter size and means an indwelling catheter with an FR size of 16….Is a 16 or 18 French Foley bigger?

French Gauge Circumference (mm) Outer diameter
18 18.85 0.236

Can you poop with a Foley catheter?

The balloon catheter method works by stimulating the bowel and triggering a reflex bowel movement. This is done by inserting a catheter into the rectum and keeping it in place by inflating a small balloon (like a Foley catheter, only larger) and giving a saltwater enema.

What is the difference between a Foley and catheter?

Foley catheters (developed by Dr. Foley in the 1930’s) are meant for longer term use by patients who are unable to use the toilet themselves. Straight catheters are simply straight tubes (without the balloon feature of a Foley catheter). They are meant for quick drainage of the bladder and not for long term use.