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)
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.