The Revision Guide for Student Nurses (Part I)

Emptying the Bladder


  1. List 4 ways in which the bladder may be emptied.
  2. A tomcat is presented with a suspected blocked bladder due to urolithiasis; which technique would be safest to provide immediate relief and why?
  3. Describe how cystocentesis is performed.
  4. How is a Jackson cat catheter different to a regular cat catheter?
  5. How does the stylet of a Foley bitch catheter differ to that of a dog catheter?
  6. What sterilisation technique is generally considered most suitable for urinary catheters and why?
  7. What is the maximum length of time an indwelling urinary catheter should be left in place?
  8. List possible reasons for performing urinary catheterisation.

Note: Two practical tasks accompany this module: a) Preparation of equipment for urinary catheterisation and b) Demonstration of manual bladder expression.