McNaughton J & Fairley-Murdoch M (2022) Catheter valves: are they useful in supporting patients in a trial without catheter?. British Journal of Community Nursing, 27 (6), pp. 294-300. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjcn.2022.27.6.294
A trial without catheter (TWOC) is a common urological procedure undertaken to remove an indwelling urinary catheter when no longer clinically indicated. An appropriately trained practitioner should undertake a TWOC in a controlled environment to ensure that a further urinary retention does not occur. Indwelling urinary catheters are commonly used with a free drainage system such as a leg bag, which continually empties the bladder. This article examines the potential benefits of using a catheter valve as an alternative to free drainage, prior to undertaking a TWOC, to optimise clinical outcomes and patient experience. This article will guide nurses to increase their knowledge of catheter valves to promote person-centred informed decision-making.
Catheter valve; TWOC; trial without catheter; urinary catheter; catheter removal; patient-centred decision making
British Journal of Community Nursing: Volume 27, Issue 6
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