Foley Catheter Introduction

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“Foley catheter is a thin, sterile tube inserted into the bladder to drain urine. Because it can be left in place in the bladder for a period of time, it is also called an indwelling catheter. It is held in place with a balloon at the end, which is filled with sterile water to prevent the catheter from being removed from the bladder. The urine drains through the catheter tube into a bag and can then be taken from an outlet device to be drained. Laboratory tests can be conducted on the urine to look for infection, blood, muscle breakdown, crystals, electrolytes, and kidney function. The procedure to insert a catheter is called catheterization” (, 2014) Catheter insertion is not the first step for babies. U bags are the first step for babies, before consideration of a catheter. Before placing the U Bag, position the baby and have someone to hold baby in place. Lift the baby and place sterile drape under baby to catch urine is necessary. Put on sterile gloves and wipe the outside of the Lady Madura with sterile cotton balls. Wipe left side, right side and down the middle, subsequently with different sterile cotton balls. Take the U Bag and place around the vaginal opening. Make certain the closure is secure to the baby’s body. Urine will go into the U Bag. The urine will then be drawn up with a syringe and placed in the sterile cup. The cup is then capped. Remove U Bag, immediately, so baby’s skin will not become irritated. When inserting a Foley catheter in a child, there should be a coach or support person in the room. The coach is responsible for helping the child remain calm, throughout the procedure. The child should be told about the procedure and that he or she needs to be still; and the... ... middle of paper ... ...a. It is important that the patient is informed about care of, whether or not the wrap should be removed. Also, diagnosis that involves the foot ankle or leg; whether or not they should apply weight. The medical assistant should be thorough and ask patient if they have any questions, that needs clarifying, prior to leaving the office. R.I.C.E. is rest, ice, compression and evaluation. This is what is normally done if you are diagnosed with a sprain or strain. References (2014). (Foley Catheter). Foley Catheter Introduction. Information retrieved February 3, 2014 from (2014). Minimizing the Trauma of Pediatric Urethral Catheterization Using Lidocaine Gel. Retrieved February 4, 2014 from
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