Foley Catheter and Foley Irrigation Station

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Foley Catheter and Foley Irrigation Station

Urinary Catheter Insertion Straight or Indwelling Catheter


  • Obtain a sterile urine specimen.
  • Facilitate emptying bladder.
  • Relieve bladder distention.
  • Irrigate bladder.
  • Measure residual urine.
  • Manage bladder incontinence.
  • Provide an accurate measurement of output.

Applies To

  • Registered Nurses
  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses


  • Catheter insertion kit (verify size and type of catheter required for procedure) or the following individual items:
  • Individual catheter (verify size and type of catheter required for procedure).
  • Sterile gloves.
  • Clean, disposable gloves.
  • Two sterile drapes, one of which is fenestrated.
  • Sterile water soluble lubricant.
  • Antiseptic cleansing solution.
  • Sterile cotton balls.
  • Sterile forceps.
  • 10 ml syringe, pre-filled with normal saline (used with indwelling catheter to inflate the balloon).
  • Sterile drainage bag or leg bag if inserting indwelling catheter.
  • Leg strap or tape if inserting indwelling catheter.
  • Sterile specimen container (if specimen is to be collected).
  • Sterile receptacle or basin.
  • Sterile irrigation kit with sterile bulb syringe and container for irrigation, if irrigation ordered.
  • Sterile normal saline solution.
  • Warm water, soap, washcloth, and towel.
  • Waterproof pad.