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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.
IDC: Indwelling Urinary Catheter
3.5Fr umbilical catheter
5Fr umbilical catheter
5Fr umbilical catheter or size 6 Foley
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:
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.