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


Well I do not disagree with anonymous above. My experience would suggest the same. Unfortunately we are being challenged more and more to prove best practice. Whilst common sense does imply local anaesthetic + lubricant should be best (and I don't have a problem with this) the highest risk area, especially in male catheterisation will be in the area of bladder neck/prostrate and by the time any gelled catheter reaches here most of the gel, anaesthetic or otherwise will/may be lost. That's the dilemma! Thank goodness we have really clever people who sometime in the next 50 years will be able to make an absolute decision for us. It's only taken 3000 years to get this far so 50 years isn't too long to wait! And in the meantime? Anonymous must be headed, common sense must apply. A final word, IF you or your Trust has to answer to the WHY? Why you chose this or that, have an answer ready that will stand up to scrutiny.

Posted date

20 May, 2009

Posted time

2:10 pm