Management of indwelling urinary catheters for people with learning disabilities

Tremayne, Penny and Pawlyn, Jillian (2019). Management of indwelling urinary catheters for people with learning disabilities. Learning Disability Practice, 22(4)

DOI: https://doi.org/10.7748/ldp.2019.e1949

Abstract

The insertion of an indwelling urethral catheter is a considered, invasive intervention which places the patient in a position of increased vulnerability. It requires the nurse to have the knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare and perform the procedure whilst supporting the patient. Such a procedure may evoke a range of emotions and responses in a person with an intellectual disability (ID). It is important that nurses address the needs of the individual tailoring the care to their needs in a sensitive and respectful manner.

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