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Spinal Cord. 2002 Sep;40(9):432-7.

Intermittent catheterization: which is the optimal technique?

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  • 1Department of Urology, University of Antwerpen, Belgium.

Abstract

STUDY DESIGN:

Literature review to evaluate the practical techniques used for intermittent catheterization (IC) and intermittent self-catheterization (ISC).

OBJECTIVES:

To ascertain the requirements for proper IC and ISC. To evaluate if a best technique exists.

METHODS:

Relevant articles on the subject are reviewed.

CONCLUSION:

There is a wide variety of materials and techniques applied for IC and ISC. This does not seem to change the practical outcome much if the basic principles are used: good education and training, clean and atraumatic technique, good patient compliance in the long-term. There is neither one best technique nor one best material for IC. Both depend greatly on the patient's individual anatomic, social and economic state.

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