Rigby D et al (2014) Does nurse self-testing affect catheter choice? Nursing Times; 110: 18, 15-17.
Involving patients in decision making about their care requires expert knowledge and understanding of patients’ perspectives. Knowledge comes from several sources and experience; however, the self-testing of products by health professionals who teach clean intermittent self-catheterisation (CISC) has not been investigated.
This study aimed to assess the impact of self-testing on catheter evaluation by continence nurses.
Sixteen continence nurses self-tested two catheters and completed a questionnaire on their opinions about the catheter, routine self-testing and whether the study would make them change their usual practice.
Almost half of the participants found self-testing intermittent catheters a useful experience and some of those who did not routinely self-test said they would do so in future.
Self-testing intermittent catheters can provide useful knowledge to those who teach CISC.
- Would you be willing to ‘self-test’ a catheter?
- Could self-testing medical equipment improve patient confidence?
- What other equipment should nurses test themselves?