Prevention and management of urinary catheter blockages in community settings

Catherine Paterson, Rya Dalziell, Tina Forshaw, Allison Turner, Gillian Fraser

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Self-management of long-term urinary catheters can be challenging for patients, and recurrent catheter blockages may cause concern among patients, carers and healthcare professionals. Catheter blockages are a significant challenge for nurses practising in community settings, because frequent and unplanned catheter changes can be costly to healthcare services in terms of time and resources. This article details evidence-based recommendations for the assessment and diagnosis of catheter blockages, as well as the identification of risk factors. It also explains the interventions that can be used to prevent and manage catheter blockages and describes the role of the nurse in supporting patients with a long-term catheter in situ in community settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-65
Number of pages7
JournalNursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987)
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2019


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