Issues for people living with long-term urinary catheters in the community

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British Journal of Community Nursing, 2010, 15 (2), pp. 65 - 70
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People with a long-term urinary catheter living in the community often experience catheter-related issues, however, the frequency and extent of these issues has not been well described in the literature. A survey on issues clients (n = 62) experience with their long-term urinary catheter was conducted in one community health service. The majority (79%) had experienced at least one issue in the last two years, 62% had urinary tract infections, 33% had an emergency department visit and 29% had leakage. Discomfort at catheter change was at least moderate in 32% and predictive of more interference from the catheter in clients' daily lives and 55% reported at least moderate interference from the catheter in their daily lives. In conclusion, most clients with long-term urinary catheters experience issues and interventions need to be assessed for effectiveness in decreasing these problems.
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