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How to manage encrustation and blockage of Foley catheter

VOL: 99, ISSUE: 29, PAGE NO: 59Kathryn Getliffe, PhD, MSc, BSc, PGCEA, RGN, DN, is professor of nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of SouthamptonLong-term catheterisation is rarely completely free of complications. Encrustation by mineral salts, leading to catheter blockage, is a common problem for 40-50 per cent of patients with long-term catheters (Kohler-Ockmore and Feneley, 1996; Getliffe, 1994).

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