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Doctor insights on: Inserting Urinary Catheter

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Catheter (Definition)

A catheter is a thin plastic tube that is inserted into the body to obtain fluids/blood or give medicine. So some catheters can be placed in the veins and medicine given directly into the body, IV fluids given or blood sampled. A catheter can be placed in the bladder ...Read more


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How is a urinary catheter actually inserted?

How is a urinary catheter actually inserted?

Through urethra: Genital area and tip of urethra is disinfected and urethral tract anesthetized by Lidocaine or another local anesthetic. Urinary catheter is than slowly advanced in urethra till in enters the bladder. ...Read more

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What could happen if urinary catheter inflow and outflow tubes are switched around and incorrectly inserted?

This may happen...: I assumed you mean using a 3-way indwelling catheter. If so, connecting the inflowing irrigation fluid to the large pore will soon develop severe bladder distention and make the patient go through roof. Normally, the irrigating fluid is supposed to be connected to the smaller pore. Such professional oddity has rarely happened so it's worthwhile to pay attention to the details of the procedures. ...Read more

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What could happen if urinary catheter inflow and outflow tubes were switched around and incorrectly inserted?

A 3-way catheter?: Only the 3-way catheter has inflow and outflow channel with smaller caliber for inflow and larger caliber for outflow. So, if mistakenly connected, the bladder will be quickly and severely distended with severe bladder pain - unbearable. If the irrigation inflow is higher than 100 cm of gravitation, bladder rupture may potentially occur. More? Contact www.HealthTap.com/dr-Lin with RQPWJC to login ...Read more

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Do i need a urinary catheter inserted for breast reduction surgery?

Up to surgeon: The general rule is that a catheter is not necessary if the surgery is less than 3 hours. If your surgeon decides that you do not need one, s/he will have you empty your bladder before entering the operating room. ...Read more

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Is it thought of as dangerous to remove foley's urinary catheter with out deflating the ballon?

Yes: D not remove the catheter without deflating the balloon as this could damage your urethra (the tube that drains your bladder). The balloon can be deflated by simply cutting the entire catheter but consult with your doctor first. ...Read more

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Urinary (Definition)

Any subject, be it anatomy, physiology, or object pertaining to urine. For example: urinary tract (anatomy), urinary catheter (object), ...Read more