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A painful experience

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 06 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:857
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner.
  1. Crossmaglen, County Armagh

    I was on an Airtours flight from Florida recently when medical assistance was called for. The patient had benign prostatic hyperplasia and was in retention. Since we had another seven hours to fly, holding on was not an option. He needed a catheter, so I was reassured that the plane's inventory of medical equipment included catheters and collecting bags. But I then found that there was no lignocaine gel, no lubricating jelly, and no gloves.

    Performing a catheterisation without …

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