A survey of short- and long-term pre-lubricated intermittent catheters.

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      The prospect of having to undertake clean intermittent self-catheterisation (CISC) for a short time, or for the rest of a patient's life, can be very daunting. It has an impact on their social, sexual, work and family life. Despite the challenges of the practical performance of the procedure, CISC has many advantages and is a means of reducing the subsequent problems and cost implications associated with long-term indwelling catheter use. There are many different products available on prescription for patients performing CISC and it can be a challenge to choose the right one. This article discusses the impact CISC has on the individual and focuses on a regional survey conducted in a district in the UK of nearly 100 patients who agreed to complete a confidential questionnaire about their experiences using a pre-lubricated CISC catheter (Actreen®). It also discusses the challenges facing nurses with patients practising CISC and offers advice to help patients come to terms with this procedure and its effect on their daily life. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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