MTW NHS Trust West Kent CCG

Drug Status Key

  • Preferred
  • Second Line
  • Third Line
  • Specialist Initiation
  • Hospital Only
  • Not Approved for Formulary

Maintenance of indwelling urinary catheters

 December 2014: Chlorhexidine: reminder of potential for hypersensitivity

 December 2014: Chlorhexidine solutions: reminder of the risk of chemical burns in premature infants

For bladder infection, dissolution of blood clots and maintenance of indwelling urinary catheters, the first choice should be sodium chloride 0.9%.

Aqueous chlorhexidine may be used in the management of common infections of the bladder, but it is ineffective against Pseudomonas spp. It may irritate the mucosa and cause burning and haematuria in which case it should be discontinued.