Clean Intermittent Catheterization Male



  • Be sure to take steps to ensure patient privacy when performing procedure
  • Encourage the student to assist in the procedure as much as he is able to help student learn self-care skills
  • Students who require urinary catheterization frequently have cloudy, foul smelling and sometimes bloody urine. Notify parent if there is a change in urine as health care provider should be notified
  • Many students who require urinary catheterization may also have bowel issues such as constipation or stool leakage. The student may be on a daily bowel regimen at home


  • Gloves
  • Clean straight catheter (_____ french, per healthcare provider’s order)
  • Catheter storage bag or container (toothbrush holder, non-airtight plastic bag)
  • Disposable wipes or mild soap and water
  • Urinal or receptacle for urine if procedure is not performed on the toilet
  • Water based lubricant such as K-Y Jelly® or Lubafax Jelly®
  • Disposable pad to place under student if procedure is done on a cot/bed
  • Extra change of clothing
  • Student’s Individualized Health Plan (IHP) and/or healthcare provider’s order

  1. Review IHP and/or healthcare provider’s orders
  2. Gather equipment and place on clean surface
  3. Explain the procedure to the student at his level of understanding
  4. Encourage the student to assist in the procedure as much as he is able to help student learn self-care skills
  5. If the student is completing procedure or assisting in procedure, have student wash hands
  6. Assist student with undressing, as needed
  7. Position the student
  8. If student is lying on a cot/bed, place a disposal pad under the student
  9. Wash hands
  10. Arrange equipment
  11. Put on clean gloves
  12. Lubricate the tip of the catheter with a water soluble lubricant and place on a clean surface
    • Use a generous amount of lubricant along the length of the catheter since dry catheters may cause excoriations in the urethra, leading to an entry point for bacteria contamination
  13. Grasp sides of penis below the glans
  14. Gently retract foreskin if uncircumcised
  15. Wash the glans with soapy cotton ball or student specific cleaning supplies
  16. Begin at urethral opening and in a circular motion wash away from the meatus toward the base of the penis
  17. Repeat procedure a total of 3 times, using a clean cotton ball each time
  18. Gently straighten the penis for ease of insertion
  19. Have student take a deep breath and do other relaxation techniques
  20. Slowly insert the catheter until urine begins to flow and then about an inch more
  21. If you meet resistance try the following (resistance in male catheterization is normal at about the level of the prostate):
    • Rotate the catheter
    • Have the student sit or lie in a different position
    • If you are still unable to insert the catheter or the student experiences pain remove the catheter and follow up with parents/guardian and healthcare provider
  22. If resistance continues or the student experiences pain, stop insertion. Never force the catheter
  23. When urine flow has stopped, pinch the catheter and remove it slowly
  24. If student is uncircumcised, pull the foreskin over the glans when finished
    • This is extremely important as failing to do this can result in a paraphimosis which is an emergent situation
  25. Remove gloves
  26. Wash hands
  27. Assist student in dressing, as needed
  28. Have student wash hands
  29. Put on gloves
  30. Assess urine for cloudiness and/or foul smell
    • If present, assess student for signs of urinary tract infection:
      • fever
      • abdominal pain
      • blood in urine
      • vomiting
      • chills
  31. Measure urine per healthcare provider’s order
  32. Discard bodily fluids and catheter per infection control procedures and school district policy
  33. Clean and store equipment as appropriate
  34. Remove gloves
  35. Wash hands
  36. Document assessment, intervention and outcome in student’s healthcare record
  37. Update student’s parents/guardian, as needed

Cleaning for catheter that will be used again during the school day:

  1. Put on clean gloves
  2. Clean catheter with mild soap and warm water
  3. Forcefully rinse the catheter lumen with tap water
  4. Place catheter on clean surface and allow to air dry
  5. Remove gloves
  6. After equipment is dry, store as appropriate
    • Catheter can be used for up to a month
    • Should be discarded if becomes too stiff or has any discoloration


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Acknowledgement of Update Reviewer:

Katie Aussem, RN, MSN, CPNP
Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Urology
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Acknowledgment of Original Reviewers:

Katie Aussem, RN, MSN, CPNP
Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Urology
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Mary Kay Logemann, RN, BSN, Med
School Nurse
Platteville Public Schools

Kerri Schmidt, BSN, RN, NCSN
School Nurse
Rhinelander School District

Heidi Vanderpool, RN, MSN, CPNP
Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Urology
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Page last reviewed: June 28, 2021
Page last updated: June 28, 2021

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