Suprapubic Catheter Care and Safe Practice

Guardian Angels
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

An Understanding of Suprapubic Catheter Care

Course overview:

The "Understanding of Suprapubic Catheter Care" course is designed to provide healthcare professionals, including nurses and caregivers, with comprehensive knowledge and practical skills to perform effective care and management of suprapubic catheters. Suprapubic catheters are commonly used medical devices to manage urinary retention or incontinence. Proper care and maintenance are crucial to prevent complications and ensure patient comfort and safety. This course combines theoretical knowledge with hands-on training to equip participants with the expertise required to provide high-quality care to patients with suprapubic catheters.

Course duration:

1/2 day (4 hours)

Course content:

  • Advantages and Risks
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Infection prevention
  • Legal, Professional and Ethical Concerns
  • Aseptic No Touch Technique
  • Catheter Replacement
  • Post-Catheterisation Care
  • Care Planning and Documentation

Course objectives:

  1. Introduction to Suprapubic Catheters:
    • List the purpose and clinical indications for suprapubic catheterization.
    • Describe the advantages and potential complications associated with suprapubic catheters.
  2. Anatomy and Physiology of the Urinary System:
    • Explain the relevant anatomy and physiology of the urinary system.
    • Summarise how suprapubic catheters interface with the urinary tract.
  3. Indications and Patient Assessment:
    • Develop skills in assessing patients to determine the need for suprapubic catheters.
    • Outline to perform a comprehensive patient assessment, including catheter site evaluation.
  4. Suprapubic Catheter Insertion and Removal:
    • Describe the procedures for suprapubic catheter insertion and removal.
    • Emphasise aseptic no touch technique and safety during these procedures.
  5. Catheter Care Techniques:
    • Practice proper techniques for caring for suprapubic catheters, including cleaning, securing, and dressing changes.
    • Emphasise infection control, hygiene, and patient comfort during catheter care.
  6. Drainage System Management:
    • Explain how to manage the drainage system, including drainage bag connection, emptying, and replacement.
    • Discuss the importance of maintaining a closed urinary drainage system.
  7. Complications and Troubleshooting:
    • Recognise common complications related to suprapubic catheterization, such as infection, blockage, and catheter-related trauma.
    • Develop problem-solving skills to address these complications effectively.
  8. Patient Education and Communication:
    • Enhance communication skills to educate patients and their caregivers on suprapubic catheter care and potential complications.
    • Promote patient involvement and informed consent.
  9. Pain Management and Comfort Measures:
    • Outline pain management techniques and comfort measures for patients with suprapubic catheters.
    • Emphasise compassionate care to reduce patient discomfort.
  10. Documentation and Reporting:
    • Stress the importance of accurate and timely documentation of catheter care procedures, patient responses, and complications.
    • Provide templates and guidelines for maintaining clear records.

Course features:

  • Interactive Classroom Sessions: Engaging classroom instruction led by experienced healthcare educators to facilitate understanding and skill development.
  • Practical Demonstrations: Hands-on, live demonstrations.
  • Skills Practice: Opportunities for participants to practice relevant procedures under the guidance of instructors.
  • Scenario-Based Training: Real-life scenarios and case studies to enhance problem-solving skills.
  • Question and Answer Sessions: Interactive discussions and Q&A sessions to address participant inquiries and concerns.
  • Peer Learning: Collaborative learning among participants, allowing for the exchange of experiences and insights.
  • Safety Protocols: Emphasis on safety protocols, infection control measures, and adherence to healthcare guidelines.
  • Blended Learning: All of our face-to-face training courses utilise the “Blended Learning teaching approach that combines traditional in-person classroom teaching with online digital learning activities. This aims to leverage the strengths of both face-to-face and online learning to create a more effective educational experience which promotes safe and confident practice.

Target audience:

  • Healthcare professionals
  • Health and social care professionals
  • Allied Healthcare professionals
  • School and Education professionals

Assessment and Certification:

Participants will complete a number of assessments to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding, these typically consist of written assessments, practical demonstrations, and scenario-based assessments.

On successful completion of the course, participants will be awarded with a certificate to evidence their participation.


This course overview is a general guideline and can be customised to suit specific local requirements and preferences, therefore, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your requirements prior to making a booking.

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