Using Foley Urinary Catheters

When to Use Catheters and Why

When people have trouble peeing (urinating) usually, a urinary catheter is commonly used. Before or after surgery, it may also be used to clear the bladder and help perform such tests.

The problem can quickly become severe when you’re unable to urinate. It becomes unpleasant, then painful, as urine builds up in the bladder. The bladder will become too full, and urine will build up into your kidneys if the problem persists, causing harm that can be permanent.

As this occurs, the urethra (where urine exits the body) is inserted into a sterile, flexible tube called a urinary catheter and is slowly pulled up until the end rests in the bladder. After that, the catheter drains the urine into an attached container.

Until you recover the ability to urinate on your own, which is usually a short time, most catheters are required. Urinary catheters may need to be used for a much more extended period or indefinitely by older people and others with a permanent disability or severe illness.


Urinary Catheters

During surgery, urinary catheters are also used since you can’t regulate your bladder when under anesthesia.

A foley catheter is usually inserted for this function before surgery and holds the bladder clean throughout. It remains in place until the procedure is completed and you are awake and alert enough to begin urinating normally.


Foley Catheter

The foley catheter is a sterile urinary catheter that has been built to stay in place for a long time.

There is a balloon on the top of the catheter inflated in the bladder to hold the folly in place. Urine then drains through the tube from the bladder and into a storage bag. It is often referred to as a catheter for indwelling.

This type of catheter is used when, because of a medical condition, a patient does not urinate on his or her own either because he or she is too sick, sedated, or unable to urinate without assistance.


Straight Catheters

A straight catheter or straight catheter is implanted and then removed until your bladder is emptied if your bladder only needs to be drained once, and the catheter does not need to stay in place.


Risks associated with urinary catheters

A urinary catheter raises the risk of urinary tract infection, regardless of form. Even though sterile insertion procedures are used, the penetration into any foreign body’s urinary tract increases disease risk.

The longer a foley catheter persists in the bladder, or the more time a temporary catheter is inserted, the greater the risk of infection.


Why they use catheters

For various purposes, catheters are used. Urinary retention, or being unable to drain your bladder, is the most common.

Besides, many ICU patients are too weak to use a bedpan so that a foley catheter would handle their urine.

Conditions that make it difficult to use a bedpan, such as a fractured hip, often include a urinary catheter.

Catheters are also used in incontinent persons with urine and who have a wound or surgical incision that can come into contact with urine.

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