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Intermittent catheterization programs (ICPs) are often used
when you have the ability to use a
catheter yourself or someone can do it for you. You
insert the catheter—a thin, flexible, hollow tube—through the
urethra into the
bladder and allow the urine to drain out. It is done
at scheduled times, and the catheter is not permanent.
general, an ICP requires that you limit your fluids. You and your doctor will
figure out how much fluid you can consume each day and what times are best to
use the catheter.
Following is a general
outline of the procedure. Your rehabilitation (rehab) team or doctor will show you and/or a
loved one how to perform a catheterization.
February 16, 2011
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Nancy Greenwald, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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