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Continence and Catheter Care

Subject categories: General Health and Social Care, Nursing and Health Care

Course overview

This course has been developed to promote an awareness of effective continence and catheter care.  Learners will gain the knowledge of types of incontinence and how these can be managed effectively enabling them to support an individual within this area of personal care.
This course does not cover the physical element to teach catheterisation procedures.
This course is delivered using a range of methods and resources including:
Small group activities, case studies, DVD clips and examination of equipment.
This course has been developed and mapped to:
Royal College of Nursing: Improving Continence Care for Patients 
NICE Guidelines: The Management of Urinary Incontinence in Women 
Royal College of Nursing Guidance on Catheter Care
NICE Guidelines: Infection Prevention and Control
NICE Guidelines: Long Term Urinary Catheters: Prevention and Control Healthcare Associated Infections in Primary and Community Care
And the following QCF unit:
Undertake Urethral Catheterisation Processes

Course content

Legislation, national guidelines and local policies and practices
What is continence?
The anatomy and physiology of the male and female genito-urinary system
Normal functioning of the urinary system
Types and causes of urinary incontinence
Normal functioning of the bowel
Types and causes of faecal incontinence
What is a urinary catheter and why would it be used?
Types of catheters that can be used
Monitoring catheterisation equipment
Emptying draining bags
Measuring and recording the urine output
Catheter associated Urinary Tract Infection
Signs from urine and urinalysis
Maintaining the cleanliness
Apply standard precautions for infection control
Taking action when problems arise
Maintaining privacy and dignity
Promoting dignity when supporting an individual

Learning outcomes

Outline the basic function of the urinary system
Identify different types of incontinence
Describe the causes of incontinence
Explain the risk factors for incontinence
List the tests and examinations required 
Identify treatments for incontinence
Describe how to support individuals to manage their incontinence


6 hours

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