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  • A catheter is a flexible tube inserted into your bladder to empty it of urine. This process is known as urinary catheterisation.
  • Urinary catheterisation reduces the risk of infection and kidney damage by making sure that your bladder is emptied, either continuously or at regular intervals.
  • Catheterisation can be used when a person cannot empty their bladder without assistance, either permanently or on a temporary basis (such as after certain kinds of surgery).
  • Your health professional will help you choose the right catheter and equipment for you.

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Reviewed on: 07-12-2021