What is Intermittent catheterization?

Category: Procedures

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Intermittent catheterization is the temporary placement of a catheter (tube) to remove urine from the body. This is done by placing the catheter through the urethra (the tube that leads from the bladder to the outside opening) to empty the bladder.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Neurogenic bladder 32 13
Bladder problems 2 0
Urinary retention 2 1
Difficulty urinating occasionally 1 0
Kidney infection 1 1

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
0
Moderate
5
Mild
11
None
8

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Intermittent catheterization

Side effect Patients
Bladder infection 3
Bladder spasms 2
Urethral discomfort 2
Urinary tract infection 2
Bladder problems 1
Blood in urine (hematuria) 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently having Intermittent catheterization

Dosage Patients
daily 2
as needed 1
five times daily 1
four times daily 1
monthly 1
m,w,f 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 15
Usually 7
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 9
Not at all hard to take 4
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 1
$50-99 2
$25-49 1
< $25 4
Not specified 14
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