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Year : 2002  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 18-20

Indwelling urethral catheter self-care preparedness among hospitalised patients in Nigeria

Department of Nursing Sciences, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Nigeria

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Agnes Anarado
Department of Nursing Sciences, U.N.E.C
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Aim: To ascertain the extent nurses have prepared hospitalised patients on catheter self-care. Method and Materials: A purposive sample of 30 hospitalised patients on indwelling urethral catheter was interviewed using resarcher-developed instrument. Result: The subjects, a group of trauma patients with spinal cord injury and/or fractured limbs/pelvis were mostly long-term catheter users. Only two subjects could assume total catheter self-care, while most (86.7%) could just initiate measures to ensure high fluid intake. All the subjects reported using nurses and nonprofessionals for their catheter care. Although most subjects (90%) perceived health education on catheter care as a nursing duty, they received minimal, vague or no instructions from them. Conclusion: These subjects were not properly assessed and assigned appropriate systems of nursing care. Nurses need to be clear about the content of their patient teaching in catheter care and assume full responsibility in teaching them.

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