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The customary method of cleansing the urethral meatus before inserting the catheter calls for several ounces of antiseptic solution and pledgets of cotton in a finger bowl or other container. I have been using with great satisfaction Leonardo and Feirer's S. T.-37 (Sharp & Dohme) in an ordinary deVilbiss atomizer.
The following advantages are noted:
1. Convenience. The solution is instantly available and does not require special preparation.
2. Economy. A very small amount of solution is used.
3. Thorough cleansing. I have found that this method not only cleanses the surrounding parts but also spreads the meatus and literally washes out any discharge within 0.5 cm. of the meatus. This is done without trauma or discomfort to the patient.
4. Simplicity of technic. The labia can be held apart during the entire procedure, while the meatus is cleansed with the atomizer held in the right hand and while the catheter is inserted.
Miller JR. A CONVENIENT METHOD FOR CLEANSING THE MEATUS PRIOR TO CATHETERIZATION. JAMA. 1928;90(4):292. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.92690310001014