Provides Catheter Care for Female
  1. Explains procedure, speaking clearly, slowly, and directly, maintaining face-to-face contact whenever possible
  2. Privacy is provided with a curtain, screen, or door
  3. Before washing checks water temperature for safety and comfort and asks client to verify comfort of water
  4. Puts on clean gloves before washing
  5. Places linen protector under perineal area before washing
  6. Exposes area surrounding catheter while avoiding overexposure of client
  7. Applies soap to wet washcloth
  8. While holding catheter at meatus without tugging, cleans at least four inches of catheter from meatus, moving in only one direction (i.e., away from meatus) using a clean area of the cloth for each stroke
  9. While holding catheter near meatus without tugging, rinses at least four inches of catheter from meatus, moving only in one direction, away from meatus, using a clean area of the cloth for each stroke
  10. While holding catheter near meatus without tugging, dries at least four inches of catheter moving away from meatus
  11. Empties, rinses, and dries basin
  12. After rinsing and drying basin, places basin in designated dirty supply area
  13. Disposes of used linen into soiled linen container and disposes of linen protector appropriately
  14. Avoids contact between candidate clothing and used linen
  15. After disposing of used linen and cleaning equipment, removes and disposes of gloves (without contaminating self) into waste container and washes hands
  16. Signaling device is within reach and bed is in low position
National Nurse Aid Assessment Program
Washington Nursing Assistant Candidate Handbook
July, 2013
Publisher: Pearson VUE
  • This program is funded in part by a grant awarded under the President's Community-Based Job Training Grants, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment & Training Administration.
  • The Seattle Community Colleges are an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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