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These are general guidelines. Your nurse may change and care for your catheter at home. Or a nurse will teach you how to take care of your catheter. Be sure to follow the specific instructions he or she gives you. Call your doctor if you have questions or concerns.
In general, a clear dressing needs to be changed once a week, such as
every Monday. A gauze dressing needs to be changed 2 or 3 times a week, such as
every Monday and Thursday or every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Also, change
your dressing right away if it becomes wet, loose, or dirty.
December 14, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Brian Leber, MDCM, FRCPC - Hematology
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