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How to put in a catheter
1. Boil the catheter
(and any syringe
or tool you may
be using) for
20 minutes. Or
at least wash
them well in
water that has been boiled
and cooled, and keep them
2. Carefully wash the
skin around the
genitals with mild
soap and clean
water. Take care to clean the area where
urine comes out and the folds of skin
around it (the vulva). If you do not
have mild soap, use only clean water.
Strong soap can harm your skin.
3. Wash your hands.
things that are
4. If you can, sit
anything, like the front of a chair, or
on a clean toilet seat. If you have to
sit on the ground or another solid
surface, put clean cloths under and
around the genitals.
5. If you have
6. Cover the catheter with a
lubricant (not oil or
This helps protect
the soft skin of the
genitals and urine tube (urethra). If
you do not have any lubricant, make
sure the catheter is still wet from the
water you boiled it in or cleaned it
with, and be extra gentle when you
put it in.
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A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities 2007