After consultation with the urology and nephrology departments, she was catheterised for a second time for 10 days.
Our patient was catheterised for a short period of time, but since she could not void adequately, indwelling catheterisation for 10 days was performed, which resulted in a better voiding performance although it was still not adequate.
The chi-square test and the t-test analysis of the relationship between the different factors and phlebitis showed statistically significant results in the variables 'lower limb catheterised', 'administration of potassium chloride', and 'receiving IV antibiotics', namely 'Levofloxacin' and 'Azithromycin' (table 3).
Using the odds ratios and a CI of 95%, table 3 shows patients with catheterised upper-extremities had a less than 72% chance of developing phlebitis than those with lower catheterised limbs (OR: 0.281; CI:0.097-0.807).
The most significant risk factors for phlebitis were patients receiving KCI (OR: 2.112; CI: 1.124-3.969) or antibiotics (OR: 1.877; CI: 1.141-3.088) and patients with an upper catheterised limb (OR: 0.31; CI: 0.111-0.938).
A urine sample, obtained after he was catheterised, showed that he had suffered from a urethral plug that contained some struvite crystals, the precursor to bladder stones.
He was kept on antibiotics for a while because he had been catheterised and was sent home on a prescription diet which will dissolve crystals and prevent their recurrence by acidifying his urine for a period after each meal.
Motor neurone disease has left her mind as sharp as ever while it has gradually destroyed her muscles, making it harder to understand her speech, leaving her in a wheelchair, catheterised
and fed through a tube.
Among the tasks the assistant was expected to perform were making lone visits to patients, carrying out simple dressings, putting in eye drops, caring for catheterised
patients, checking such things as height, weight and blood pressure for new patients, and giving advice about diet and general health.