>>  WHAT IS INTERMITTENT CATHETERIZATION?
 
Intermittent Catheterization is the draining of the bladder of urine at regular intervals using a catheter in order:
 
  • To prevent leaking and dribbling of urine
  • To prevent repeated bladder and kidney infections (infections may cause permanent kidney damage)
  • To prevent reflux (backflow) of urine from the bladder to the kidneys (Reflux can also cause permanent kidney damage)
>>  WHAT IS CIC?
 
For patients with urinary retention, chronic or temporary, Clean Intermittent Catheterization (CIC) is the best solution. Catheterization is performed by emptying the bladder with a thin and flexible catheter at regular intervals.
 
The frequency of CIC varies, however, 4 to 5 times per day is usually sufficient. Your doctor or nurse will determine the frequency of catheterization suitable for you.
 
Please note that CIC means that the procedure is done in a clean rather than sterile way, thereby allowing you to do it outside of a hospital setting. Sometimes CIC is confused with the reuse of catheters.
 
You should, however, never reuse your catheter, especially if you are using a hydrophilic catheter.