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Announcing the launch of a series of 4 Urinary Catheter Decision Aids

Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Canada (NSWOCC) is thrilled to announce the release of a pioneering set of resources: the Urinary Catheter Decision Aids. These four decision aids are now readily available for download, aiming to streamline catheter selection processes and bolster patient care across Canada.

NSWOCC invites you to widely distribute these invaluable resources among your peers and colleagues.

The decision aids include:

  1. Adult Intermittent Urinary Catheter Decision Aid

  2. Adult Indwelling Urinary Catheter Decision Aid

  3. Paediatric Intermittent Urinary Catheter Decision Aid

  4. Paediatric Indwelling Urinary Catheter Decision Aid

Adult Indwelling Urinary Catheter Decision Aid

Paediatric Intermittent Urinary Catheter Decision Aid

Paediatric Indwelling Urinary Catheter Decision Aid


Urethral catheterization is necessary for individuals unable to empty their bladder to otherwise prevent complications resulting from urinary retention. Feedback from Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOCs), in 2020, following the launch of the Clean Intermittent Urethral Catheterization in Adults - Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Nurses identified the lack of standardization in the use of urinary catheters across the health care spectrum.

This identified a need for nursing decision aids to guide catheter selection and prompted the formation of a task force to develop standardized decision aids. A group of twenty-four nurses with expertise in the field of continence were drawn from relevant professional associations across Canada. The work of this expert group and the resulting four decision aids below provide a standardized approach to support nurses on appropriate catheter selection for intermittent and indwelling catheterization for patients of all ages.


Under the adept leadership of Karen Campbell, this task force meticulously developed the four decision aids. NSWOCC extends our thanks to the following diligent task force members:

  • Ehsan Adiban

  • Tarik Alam

  • Barbara Anderson

  • Madeleine Ashcroft

  • Genet Begashaw

  • Jennifer Bilbie

  • Michelle Buffalo

  • Marcia Carr

  • Berenice Chan

  • Valérie Chaplain

  • Natalie Kameka

  • Corey Knott

  • Carly Lindsay

  • Jana Lognon

  • Svea Ménard

  • Valentina Popov

  • Gina Porter

  • Jodi Quinlan

  • Gita Rafiee

  • Laura Robbs

  • Kaila Snider

  • Ashley Thompson

  • Andrea Trainor

Additionally, NSWOCC acknowledges Louise Rudden for her invaluable contributions as a subject matter expert on paediatric catheterization.

Coming Soon:

The French translation of these Urinary Catheter Decision Aids will be available in the near future. La traduction française de ces aides à la décision sur les sondes urinaires sera bientôt disponible.

Important Note:

Nurses must practice within nursing regulatory body scope of practice and in accordance with health care organizational policies and procedures. Always refer to manufacturer’s instructions for use.

Article: Development of a decision aid for nurses supporting urinary catheter selection

Published in both French and English in the NSWOC Advance volume 35, Issue 1 (March 2024). Access the article here:

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