Equipment Needed

Bath Basin
Liquid Soap
2 Washcloths
Drying Towel
Barrier Towel- optional
Waterproof pad
Bath Blanket

Catheter Care for a Female  (on manikin)

  1. Introduce self to the resident.
  2. Identify that hands should be washed.
  3. Explain procedure to the resident  (manikin).
  4. Provide for resident's privacy by pulling privacy curtain.
  5. Raise side rail opposite working side of bed.
  6. Fill basin with comfortably warm water.
  7. Raise the bed between mid-thigh and waist level.
  8. Place bath blanket on resident/manikin, put on gloves, and turn resident side to side and place incontinence pad under resident/manikin.  Expose only the perineum area.
  9. Check to see that the tubing is not kinked and the urine can freely flow into the drainage bag.  (MUST verbalize while physically checking).
  10. Use soap and water to carefully wash, in a circular motion, around where the drainage tube exits the urethra.
  11. With one hand hold catheter near the urethra to prevent tugging on catheter.
  12. With the other hand clean at least 3-4 inches from the urethra down the drainage tube.
  13. Use a clean portion of the washcloth for each stroke.
  14. Rinse all areas using a clean portion of the washcloth for each stroke.
  15. Pat dry all areas with a clean towel.
  16. Always clean, rinse and pat dry in a direction away from the urethra.
  17. Do not allow the tube to be pulled at any time during the procedure.
  18. Replace top cover over resident and remove bath blanket and incontinence pad by turning side to side without friction.
  19. Dispose of linens in the linen hamper.
  20. Empty, rinse and dry basin and return to storage.
  21. Remove gloves turning inside out and dispose of gloves in the appropriate container.
  22. Open privacy curtain.
  23. Leave resident in a position of safety and comfort. (lower bed and side rails).
  24. Place call light or signaling device within reach of resident.
  25. Maintain respectful, courteous interpersonal interactions.
  26. Identify that hands should be washed

Skills key can be found on the D & S Video title page.