What is Foley Catheter?

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Generic name: Urinary Catheter

See also: Urethral Catheter-Latex Free

Foley catheters are flexible (usually latex) tubes that are passed through the urethra during urinary catheterization and into the bladder to drain urine. They are retained by means of a balloon at the tip which is inflated with sterile water.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Bladder problems 17 11
Neurogenic bladder 8 9
Improve mobility 4 3
Urinary retention 4 9
Urinary incontinence 3 0

Show all 19 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 12
Moderate 9
Mild 5
None 5

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Foley Catheter

Side effect Patients
Urinary tract infection 4
Bladder leakage 3
Pain 2
Bladder infection 1
Bladder pain 1
Bladder problems 1

Show all 15 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Foley Catheter

Dosage Patients
daily 7
every other week 1

Why patients stopped taking Foley Catheter

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 6
Side effects too severe 4
Course of treatment ended 2
Doctor's advice 1
See all 11 patients who've stopped using Foley Catheter

Duration

Currently using Foley Catheter

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1

Stopped using Foley Catheter

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 4
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 28
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 12
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 3
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 1
< $25 7
Not specified 20
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Foley Catheter.