Maintenance of indwelling urinary catheters with a novel polyhexanide-based solution: user experience

Litti Andersen, Marianne Bertelsen, Vicki Buitenhuis, Annette Carstensen, Jane Hannibalsen, Bente Holmgaard Larsen, Renata Hvirvlkær, Zofia Anna Malinowska, Beritt Pedersen, Susanne Ulla-Britt Würtz

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BACKGROUND: Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) can significantly affect patients' quality of life and increase healthcare costs. AIMS: This study aimed to capture patients' and nurses' experience of catheter maintenance using a polyhexanide-based solution (PS) in everyday practice. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of data was collected for a product evaluation. PS was used twice a week for five weeks. FINDINGS: The study included 42 patients, 30 (71%) men and 12 women (29%). After five weeks of rinsing catheters with PS, nine patients reported no or decreased frequency of CAUTI, eight a better quality of life, eight reduced blockage, seven a decrease in odour and five fewer catheter changes. Three patients reported no benefit from PS use. Nurses reported that fewer visits were needed and consumption of disposables was lower. CONCLUSIONS: User experiences suggest that, as a novel means of catheter maintenance, PS has the potential to reduce catheter-associated complications such as CAUTI, improve quality of life and reduce healthcare costs.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number18
Pages (from-to)S18-S28
Publication statusPublished - 8 Oct 2020


  • Biofilm
  • Catheter maintenance
  • Indwelling catheter
  • Polyhexanide
  • Urinary tract infection


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