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Note: This guideline is currently under review.
Insertion of an indwelling urethral catheter is an invasive procedure that should only be carried out by a qualified competent health care professional using aseptic technique. Catheterization of the urinary tract should only be done when there is a specific and adequate clinical indication, as it carries a high risk of infection.
To ensure the insertion and care of the urinary catheter is carried out in a manner that minimizes trauma and infection risks.
Definition of terms
IDC: Indwelling Urinary Catheter
Catheter size guideline
3.5Fr umbilical catheter
5Fr umbilical catheter
5Fr umbilical catheter or size 6 Foley
Procedure for insertion of urinary catheter
The procedure is documented in the child's Care Plan Activity. The documentation should be signed by the person inserting the catheter. Documentation should include:
Ongoing nursing management
Removal of urinary catheter
Kids Health Info Fact Sheet: Indwelling urinary catheter
Indwelling urinary catheter insertion and management evidence table
Please remember to read the disclaimer.
The development of this clinical guideline was coordinated by Maureen Scoble, Rosella - PICU. Approved by the Clinical Effectiveness Committee. Authorised by Bernadette Twomey, Executive Director Nursing Services. First published March 2012, revised February 2013.