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If the catheterisation is handed over to you out of hours, always
take a brief history and examine the patient to ensure you are
happy with the indications.
Always check for allergies, especially latex.
Take a drug history - if the patient is on anticoagulation
haematuria secondary to catheterisation is more likely and may
Take a chaperone who is the same sex as the patient, unless the
patient has any objections.
Some people use a double glove technique with one larger set
of gloves over ones normal size as this saves time during the
Consider the impact on sexual function, particularly in patients
who may require long-term catheterisation - is suprapubic
catheterisation more appropriate?