Intermittent Catheterization: Sterile or Clean?


  • Katherine N. Moore MN RN

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    • Katherine N. Moore, MN RN, is a clinical nurse specialist in urology at the University of Alberta Hospitals and an assistant professor on the faculty of nursing at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB, Canada.

University of Alberta Hospitals, 4H1.04 WMC, 8440 112 Street, Edmonton, AB T6G 2B7, Canada.


Bacteriuria—asymptomatic and symptomatic—always has the potential to develop into a serious problem when intermittent catheterization is being used. Research on the best method of reducing bacteriuria is inconclusive. Studies have focused on the use of sterile technique, oral or vesical antibiotics, and the frequency of catheterization. This article presents a summary of current research on bacteriuria in the patient requiring intermittent catheterization.