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Urinary Catheter Placement In the Diagnostic and Therapy Center (DTC) (6651)

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Urinary Catheter Placement
In the Diagnostic and Therapy Center (DTC)

Our goal is to provide the greatest level of
comfort for your child in a safe, child-
friendly manner.

When you arrive in the DTC your child’s
heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate and
weight will be taken. You and your child
will meet with a nurse who will ask
questions about your child’s health. You
and the nurse will then decide if your child
should receive a medicine to help her relax
during the placement of the urinary catheter.

If you decide your child should receive the
medicine, a doctor or nurse practitioner may
meet with you. He or she will discuss your
child’s health with you. He or she will also
examine your child. Together you will
decide how relaxed or sleepy your child
should be to provide comfort during catheter
placement. In most cases a mild sedative
called midazolam is given by mouth. The
effects of the medicine will be discussed in
detail before your child receives it.
If we decide not to give the medicine, your
child may still use a numbing gel to lessen
the stinging feeling during placement of the
catheter. A Child Life specialist or nurse
will provide teaching about the catheter
placement and VCUG for your child if you
would like. (See Health Facts for You,
#5247, VCUG). She can also work with
your child to distract her while the catheter
is placed.

Once the catheter is in place, a Child Life
specialist, and perhaps a nurse, will go with
you and your child for the VCUG.

Once the VCUG is complete, you and your
child may leave if the medicine we gave has
worn off. If the medicine has not yet worn
off, you and your child will return to the
DTC. You will remain in the DTC until the
medicine we gave wears off and the nurse
feels it is safe for your child to leave.

Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
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