A catheter is a medical device that is used to drain urine from the bladder when a person is unable to do so naturally. A catheter can be either an indwelling catheter, which remains in place for a period of time, or an intermittent catheter, which is inserted and removed multiple times a day. Removing a catheter can be a simple procedure, but it should be done carefully to avoid complications. Here are some steps to follow when removing a catheter:
Gather the necessary supplies. You will need gloves, a clean towel, and a sterile syringe.
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water. Put on the gloves.
Ask the patient to lie on their back with their knees bent and feet flat on the bed.
Clean the area around the catheter insertion site with soap and water or a cleaning solution provided by the healthcare provider. Use a clean towel to dry the area.
Gently deflate the balloon that holds the catheter in place. This is usually done by attaching the syringe to the inflation port of the catheter and pulling back on the plunger to withdraw the fluid from the balloon. If you are unsure of how to deflate the balloon, ask the healthcare provider for assistance.
When the balloon is deflated, gently pull the catheter out of the urethra. Do not pull too hard or too fast, as this can cause discomfort or damage to the urethra.
Once the catheter is removed, dispose of it in a biohazard container or as directed by the healthcare provider.
Clean the area around the insertion site again with soap and water or a cleaning solution provided by the healthcare provider. Use a clean towel to dry the area.
If the patient experiences any pain or discomfort after the catheter is removed, provide them with pain medication as prescribed by the healthcare provider.
Document the catheter removal in the patient’s medical record, including the date, time, and any observations or complications that occurred during the procedure.
It is important to follow these steps carefully to avoid complications such as infection or damage to the urethra. If you are unsure of how to remove a catheter or if you encounter any problems during the procedure, contact a healthcare provider for assistance. They can provide guidance and support to ensure that the catheter is removed safely and effectively.