My father, who has advanced metastatic prostate cancer, needs to have a catheter due to his inability urinate on a regular basis. He is under hospice care at home. Someone told me that a nurse (from the hospice) should not be administering this procedure because there is a risk that the bladder may be punctured since it is being pressed on by the prostate. I should instead call for the oncologist or any medical doctor to do the procedure. Is this correct? Thank you.
Insertion of a Foley catheter is an essential medical skill. Physicians and nurses should be trained in this skill. Like all medical procedures, there are risks for complications. The most common risks associated with catheterization are related to the urethra (infection and trauma). If you have concerns about inserting the catheter, it is best to raise this issue with the physician managing your father's care.
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