A Practical Approach to Difficult Urinary Catheterizations Routine placement of transurethral catheters can be challenging in some situations, such as urethral strictures, severe phimosis and false passages. In men, blind urethral procedures with mechanical or metal sounds without visual guidance or guidewire assistance are now discouraged due to the increased risk of urethral trauma and false passages. Newer techniques of urethral catheterization including guidewires, directed hydrophilic mechanical dilators, urethral balloon dilation, and direct vision endoscopic catheter systems are discussed, along with the new standardized protocol for difficult transurethral catheter insertions.
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Current Trends in the Management of Difficult Urinary Catheterizations Best practices for blind catheterizations and algorithm to manage difficult urinary catheterization, including direct visualization of the urethra during placement.
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NQF: Progressive Organizations should use Visualization Urethral catheter-related complications increase length of stay and urinary tract infection for the majority of the surgical procedures examined.
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