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Nurses develop catheterisation e-learning module

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Nurses at Bradford and Airedale PCT have developed an elearning catheterisation module for healthcare workers

The module provides an overview of all the issues relating to urinary catheterisation, and also provides links to resources including the Skills for Health continence competences and RCN catheter guidelines for nurses.

The module is suitable for any health workers with a responsibility for urinary catheterisation, including qualified nurses and health care support workers.

Areas covered by the module include; the risk of urinary, indications and assessment of the patient, legal issues, consent and documentation. Equipment, the procedure, catheter care, and infection are covered as well as trouble shooting tips. The course takes between 2 - 3 hours to complete.

The module was developed by Katherine Wilkinson, Nurse Consultant / Continence Service Manager, Maria Moor, Senior Continence Nurse Specialist, Carolyn Robinson, Practice Development Lead (Adult Health) and Susan Campbell, Infection Prevention Control Manager atBradford and Airedale PCT in collaboration with the Virtual College .

The module is available freely to all health care workers within the Bradford and Airedale area including nursing home staff. Ms Wilkinson plans to use it to update qualified nurses who are already experienced in catheterisation. Health care workers or nurses who are new to the procedure will ideally undertake the module as well as attending a taught study day.

The module can be purchased from the Virtual College website.

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