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Nurse Educ Pract. 2010 Mar;10(2):70-5. doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2009.03.017. Epub 2009 May 13.

Feasibility of a computerized male urethral catheterization simulator.

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eHealth Institute, School of Human Sciences, University of Kalmar, Kalmar, Sweden.


Catheterization of the male urethra might cause harm and discomfort for the patient. Computer-based simulator training might improve the skills of students as well as professional nurses. This study aims to study the feasibility of a new portable computer-based male urethral catheterization simulator, Urecath (Melerit Urecath Vision). The simulator consists of three software modules: teaching (explains the different procedures in the catheterization), learning (game settings with practice and self-assessments tests), and simulator module that is connected to a box with a model of a penis where syringes and the urinary catheter can be inserted. Registered nurses (n=23), nurse assistants (n=14), nurse students (n=12), and a nurse assistant student (n=1) participated in a simulation session and answered 30 questions about the feasibility of the simulator. The participants appreciated the different modules, particularly the teaching and learning modules. The simulator module was appreciated for its cross-sectional views and feedback but was found to lack a tactile component; there was too little and no varying resistance when inserting the catheter. The participants perceived the present prototype of Urecath as a valuable education tool. The male urethral catheterization simulator prototype Urecath has advantages in its present shape but to be an alternative to existing training options for practicing male urethral catheterization, it should be complemented with a tactile mode and degrees of difficulty.

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