Two years ago we drew attention to the value of self catheterisation for patients with urinary retention or voiding difficulties and noted that most find the technique easier to learn than they expect.1 A new illustrated booklet for patients, prepared by a physician, a urologist and a general practitioner, provides clear and simple instructions for inserting a catheter and gives practical hints on catheter care. The User’s Guide to Intermittent Catheterisation* briefly explains normal bladder physiology and what can be done to help people whose bladder does not empty properly, for example, those with spina bifida, spinal injury, multiple sclerosis, diabetic neuropathy or urethral stricture. The booklet answers common questions about intermittent catheterisation – will it keep me dry?, will it hurt?, will it cause urinary infections? And there are sections on the use of self intermittent catheterisation by pregnant women and on the special needs of school children who use the procedure.
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