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The effect of acidic maintenance solutions on catheter longevity

The effect of acidic maintenance solutions on catheter longevity

Long-term indwelling urinary catheterisation is common but is rarely completely trouble free. One of the most common problems is recurrent catheter blockage, caused by deposits of mineral salts encrusting the catheter surfaces coming into contact with urine (Okhawa et al, 1990; Cox and Hukins, 1989). Catheter blockage can be distressing for patients because it results either in bypassing and leakage, or in the discomfort of urinary retention. A build-up of encrustation on the external ...

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