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Question: What are the risks of a chronic indwelling Foley catheter?

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Answer: Risks of long-term catheter use include UTIs, pyelonephritis, stones, periurethral abscesses, urosepsis, and colonization with virulent or resistent bacteria and yeast.  Reference: Forciea MA, Schwab EP, Raziano DB, Lavizzo-Mourey RJ: Geriatric Secrets, 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Hanley & Belfus, 2004.

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Question: What are the indications for a chronic indwelling Foley catheter?

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

Answer: There are only a few indications for a chronic indwelling Foley catheter. Urinary retention should be treated with chronic catheterization if it produces renal dysfunction, infections, or overflow incontinence and if it is not treatable with surgery, medications, and intermittent catheterization. Decubitus ulcers, or skin irritations, whose healing is complicated by incontinence, may justify […]

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