These are general guidelines. Usually, your visiting nurse will change and care for your catheter at home. But in some cases, a nurse may teach you how to take care of your catheter. Be sure to follow the specific instructions he or she gives you. Call your doctor if you have questions or concerns.
To keep your catheter working right, you will need to flush it with a
heparin solution. A heparin solution is a liquid that keeps blood from clotting
in your catheter and blocking it.
Your doctor will give you a prescription for heparin and
the supplies that you will need. Many cancer treatment centres send supply kits
home to help patients care for their catheters.
You will need to flush your catheter every day and after each use.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerBrian Leber, MDCM, FRCPC - Hematology
Current as ofFebruary 11, 2013
Current as of:
February 11, 2013
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Brian Leber, MDCM, FRCPC - Hematology
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more, visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
For 24/7 Health Advice call:
HEALTHLink Alberta1-866-408-5465 (LINK)