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Br J Community Nurs. 2003 May;8(5):205-8.

Suprapubic catheter removal: the cuffing effect of deflated catheter balloons.

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  • 1Continence advisory service, Morecambe Bay Primary Health Care NHS Trust, Morecambe.


Supra-pubic catheterization plays an important role in patient care and management when this method of indwelling catheterization is required. However, one area of concern often experienced by nurses is the problem removing supra-public catheters or not being able to remove it. Catheter balloons, when deflated, incur crease or ridge formation. Removing supra-public catheters, a 'cuffing' effect occurs as the catheter is being removed. This seems to affect 100% silicone catheters more than non-silicone catheters. This article looks at the changes 100% silicone catheter balloons undergo following deflation and removal.

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