A catheter is a medical device consisting of a long, thin tube which can be fitted with a variety of different tips to serve a range of functions. Catheters are inserted into the body as part of many different medical procedures; for instance, they are used to diagnose genitourinary (GU) tract bleeding, to monitor intracranial pressure, and even administer certain medicines. In common usage, “inserting a catheter” usually refers to the common practice of inserting a urinary catheter into the bladder via a patient’s urethra for the purpose of draining urine.
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“Pushing fluids and drugs through an IV Catheter is often crucial in life threatening situations”