2 Using forceps to handle the antiseptic wipes, cleanse the penis
in a circular motion from the meatus toward the base of the penis. Discard the used
3 Repeat this process at least twice.
g. Insert a catheter in a female. See figure 4-2.
(1) Pick up the catheter with your dominant hand. Hold the catheter about
three inches from its tip.
(2) Lubricate the tip of the catheter. Keep the remainder of the catheter
coiled into the palm of your hand.
Ask the patient to breathe through her mouth.
(4) Gently insert the catheter (downward and toward the back) about two
inches or until urine begins to flow. DO NOT insert the catheter more than two inches.
Release the labia and hold the catheter securely with your nondominant
(6) If the vagina is inadvertently catheterized, DO NOT reuse the catheter.
Assemble fresh equipment and attempt the procedure again.
Figure 4-2. Female catheterization.