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.
In general, a clear dressing needs to be changed once a week, such as
every Monday. A gauze dressing needs to be changed 2 or 3 times a week, such as
every Monday and Thursday or every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Also, change
your dressing right away if it becomes wet, loose, or dirty.
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
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