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Proper Procedure for Catheter Insertion Spokane Community College

November 13, 2013

Proper Procedure for Foley Catheter Insertion

Prevention of nosocomial infections should be a top priority in every nurse’s plan of care; one way of doing this is to be sure that aseptic technique is being used when necessary. This paper will discuss the proper procedure for the insertion of straight and indwelling catheters and whether or not staff are correctly following it. To do this I will discuss the procedure set by Deaconess/Valley Medical Center and The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and compare them to the procedure that I watched the staff nurse perform during my capstone rotation.
For my capstone experience I spent 55 hours on the Labor and Delivery Unit at Valley Hospital. The role of the nurses on this unit was to provide care for ante partum, laboring, and post partum moms by using the nursing process of assessing, implementing, planning, and evaluating. During my time there all of the patients that were seen on the unit were females varying in age from 20 to 40 of varying race, religion, and socioeconomic status.
The policy/procedure that I chose to observe was “Male and Female Bladder Catheter Indwelling and Straight” (Nursing and Infection Control, 2011). The purpose of the policy is “to outline the nursing responsibility for insertion of urethral catheter: indwelling and straight” (Nursing and Infection Control, 2011) ensuring that all nurses are using the appropriate practice and maintaining patient safety and preventing unnecessary infection. There were a few reasons I wanted to use this procedure, one was because the majority of moms on the unit either had an indwelling catheter placed after they were given an epidural or spinal or were straight cathed following an epidural, and also because a lot of nosocomial infections are caused by…...

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