Instillagel: an anaesthetic antiseptic gel for use in catheterization

W Doherty
British Journal of Nursing: BJN 1999 January 28, 8 (2): 109-12
Instillagel is a prefilled syringe containing lignocaine 2% and chlorhexidine 0.25% in a sterile lubricant gel. It is available in two sizes, 11 ml and 6 ml, for male and female catheterization respectively, and for intermittent self-catheterization. It has been used successfully for these purposes for many years, and its usage in the community setting is increasing. It is used for surface anaesthesia by many UK urologists. It is easily applied by both nurse and patient and remains the product of choice when performing indwelling catheterization. It also has an important role in stricture therapy where patients require extra lubrication for the passage of a catheter or an anaesthetic effect to provide patient comfort following the procedure. Instillagel has the added benefit of an antibacterial effect due to its chlorhexidine content.

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