Urinary catheterization is one of the most commonly performed procedures in healthcare, which allows the patient's urine to drain freely from the bladder. The procedure may be used for diagnostic purposes or therapeutically, for example to relieve urinary retention, instill medication, or provide lavage. During the catheterization procedure a latex, polyurethane, or silicone tube known as a urinary catheter is inserted into a patient's bladder via the urethra. While the basic principles underlying urethral catheterization are gender-neutral, this module covers the technique of female bladder catheterization, including certain aspects of the procedure that require particular attention in the female urethra.
The SIMTICS modules are all easy to use and web-based. This means they are available at any time as long as the learner has an internet connection. No special hardware or other equipment is required, other than a computer mouse for use in the simulations. Each of the SIMTICS modules covers one specific procedure or topic in detail. Each module contains:
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