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What is the duration of emptying a bladder with a catheter?

The duration of emptying a bladder with a catheter can vary based on the type of catheter and the specific medical situation. Typically, catheters are not left in place for continuous drainage. Instead, intermittent catheterization may be performed at regular intervals to empty the bladder, preventing overdistension. The length of catheterization can range widely, from short-term, which is considered less than a month, to long-term, which involves catheterization for one month or longer. Specific recommendations from the World Health Organization suggest a 7–10 day period of bladder catheterization.

It’s essential to follow healthcare provider guidance and consider the individual’s medical condition for appropriate catheterization duration.