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Catheterization

Catheterization

Overview

Clean intermittent self catheterization is the process of introducing a catheter into the bladder by oneself. The goal of intermittent catheterization is to help prevent urinary tract infections for anyone who is unable to properly empty their bladder.

Review Date 7/11/2011

Updated by: Jennifer K. Mannheim, ARNP, Medical Staff, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Seattle Children's Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.