Course Theme: Bladder Teaching Intermittent Catheterization

In this course you get the basics for teaching IC. You will learn about the function of the bladder, the anatomy and physiology of the urinary tract, treatment options for incomplete bladder emptying and a webinar where you will get basic information on how to teach IC and why choosing the right catheter is important. It takes about 90 minutes to read the material and watch the webinar.

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  1. Urinary bladder function

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    The bladder is a hollow muscular organ in the pelvis, just above and behind the pubic bone. The bladder has two main functions which are the storage and emptying of urine.

  2. Urinary system anatomy and physiology

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    Learn about the anatomy of the urinary system, the functions of the upper & lower urinary tract, and the bladder physiology and micturition cycle

  3. Treatment options for incomplete bladder emptying

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    Urinary retention is the inability to empty the bladder of urine, leaving behind a volume of urine which can lead to complications. It is important to realize that some people can still pass some urine but still be in retention as the volume left in the bladder is too high.

  4. Patient selection and frequency of intermittent catheterization (IC)

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    IC requires a high level of patient commitment and some people may stop the therapy, particularly if under stress and other illness to deal with. Patients need to be well motivated and require an appropriate level of manual dexterity.

  5. Clean Intermittent Catheterization (CIC)

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    This webinar about CIC is divided into 3 different parts. Part 1 covers the fundamentals  about CIC therapy, part 2 expands further about catheters and clean intermittent catheterization and importance of education. Part 3 covers the procedure, follow-up and discusses patient cases. 

  6. What is intermittent catheterization (IC)

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    Catheterization is perhaps one of the oldest urological procedures, dating back thousands of years ago. Using a urinary catheter is necessary when there is urine left in the bladder that cannot be emptied through normal voiding.

  7. Patient preference and adherence - a key role in a successful catheterization treatment

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    Patient adherence plays a key role in a successful and cost-effective catheterization treatment. A patient who feels part of the decision-making, in control of his options and able to understand how they work with his lifestyle, is more inclined to stick with his therapy and subsequently experience a good clinical outcome.

  8. Long-term safety of intermittent catheterization

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    Single-use hydrophilic catheters were developed in the early eighties to address long-term complications of intermittent catheterization that came about when people reused plastic catheters with add-on lubrication.