Foley Catheter Management

Foley Catheter Management
Foley Catheter Management is a part of healthcare and is a thin, sterile tube inserted into the bladder to drain urine. Foley Catheters are used with many disorders, as part of procedures or when the doctor feels that it is better for their patient to have a catheter inserted. All nurses at Heavenly Home Care are trained and skilled in insertion of the catheter, removal of the catheter and monitoring the patient with a Foley Catheter. Additionally, Heavenly Health Care’s skilled staff recognize the symptoms of complications associated with catheters and how to manage a patient’s care.

Symptoms of Infection:

  • Burning sensation upon urination
  • Urgency and frequency
  • Increased lower abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Foul-smelling discharge coming from the urethra or in the genital area
  • Redness or swelling in the genital area
  • Pain in the urethral area or genital area

Symptoms that Signify an Emergency:

If any of these symptoms occur, go to the emergency room if the patient is able to walk, otherwise call 911.
  • Bleeding from the urethra
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Symptoms of infection such as urinary frequency, urgency, or pain or burning sensation; blood in the urine; fever; increased lower abdominal pain; or foul-smelling discharge
  • Symptoms of acute urinary retention such as urinary hesitancy, straining to void, decrease in size and force of the urinary stream, interruption of urinary stream, sensation of incomplete emptying of the bladder
  • Irritative symptoms such as urinary frequency, urgency, pain or burning; increased urination at night; or wetting the bed at night