A 92-year-old male client with Alzheimer’s frequently experiences urinary incontinence. Which intervention should the nurse do first ?

  • apply a condom catheter
  • insert an indwelling catheter
  • apply a diaper
  • offer the urinal every 2 hours
Number 1 is correct.
Using a condom catheter to drain urine in the least intrusive manner is the best intervention for maintaining skin integrity and preventing infection. An indwelling catheter puts the client at risk of an infection. A diaper would allow the urine to be kept in contact with the skin thereby affecting skin integrity. Offering the urinal every 2 hours is unlikely to be effective in controlling urine output.