Urinary Catheter Care Checklist

Use the Urinary Catheter Care Checklist for a systematic approach to managing catheter hygiene, minimizing infection risks, and ensuring patient comfort.

Urinary Catheter Care Checklist



Appropriate Indications

1. Does the resident meet the appropriate indications for catheter use and is the reason documented?


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2. Are alternatives to indwelling urethral catheterization considered?


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Hand Hygiene

1. Are hands washed thoroughly with soap and water or sanitized with alcohol-based hand rub before and after catheter insertion or manipulation?


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Insertion Technique

1. Is sterile equipment used including the following: Sterile gloves


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2. Is sterile equipment used including the following: Drapes


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3. Is sterile equipment used including the following: Sponges


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4. Is sterile equipment used including the following: Appropriate antiseptic solution


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5. Is an aseptic technique used to insert a catheter? If the aseptic technique is broken, is the catheter and collecting system aseptically replaced with sterile equipment?


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6. Is a single-use packet of lubricant jelly being used for catheter insertion for each resident?


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7. Is a catheter secured to prevent movement and urethral traction?


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Catheter Maintenance

1. Is a collection bag kept below the level of the bladder at all times?


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2. Is the tubing checked frequently for kinking?


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3. Is the drainage bag kept off the floor?


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4. Is the collecting bag emptied regularly?


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5. Is a closed-drainage system maintained?


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Catheter Care

1. Is perineal care being performed daily and after each bowel movement?


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Catheter Removal

1. Is the resident being assessed daily to determine if catheterization is still necessary?


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2. Are appropriate steps being taken to remove the catheter when the resident no longer meets indications?


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