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Should lidocaine gel or lubricating gel be used for catheter insertion?


One of continence and urology's long running debates. Each new article seems to pose new answers and opens up new questions. After years working in this area and keeping patient (and staff) safety as paramount I can only add a little to the debate. We ask - what are we trying to achieve? Pain free and lowest possible risk of catheter related UTI. Plain lubricant the surface appears to achieve an outcome. If we add anaesthetic, how long do we wait? 3 - 5 minutes - Honestly! Always? We seem to have managed almost for ever with anaesthetic and lubricant, BUT managing, is that really good enough? Research/Evidence based practice is ideal but this one seems to be hard to get a perfect answer to.

Posted date

21 April, 2009

Posted time

9:26 pm