Intermittent Catheterization is the preferred method for emptying the bladder in patients with spinal cord injury and neurological bladder dysfunction. It is a single used, disposable catheter. It is an effective technique for people who need catheter-based bladder management. Intermittent Catheterization is considered the ‘gold-standard’ of care for bladder emptying, and this approach is supported by several international and national guidelines on urinary incontinence.
The principles of using intermittent catheterization are based on regular and complete emptying of the bladder to maintain a low bladder pressure and minimal residual urine volumes, consequently securing bladder and renal health. Correctly performed intermittent catheterization is a safe method suitable for long-term use, minimizing the risk of urological complications, such as, urinary tract infections (UTIS) and improving a person’s quality of life.