Care of the pigtail nephrostomy catheter e-course

Percutaneous nephrostomy is a common procedure in urology and is used in very different patient groups including patients with kidney stones and patients with malignant ureteric obstruction. Little evidence exists about nursing interventions related to the nephrostomy catheter. Therefore Aalborg University Hospital, Denmark, carried out a 4-year study in the use of pigtail catheters resulting in new guidelines and also this e-learning course.

Drawing by: Philippe Angelo Petitjean

This e-course was developed by Aalborg University Hospital and shared with the EAUN, thereby giving nurses all over the world the possibility to learn how to carry out procedures related to pigtail catheters and thus ensure that patients will receive treatment according to existing guidelines.

I am very proud to introduce this 1-hour e-learning programme that shows and explains at the same time what nurses need to know to take care of a pigtail nephrostomy catheter.

Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to test your knowledge and understanding. If you complete the test successfully you will be able to download a certificate at the end.

The course consists of the following modules:

  • Background;
  • The pigtail nephrostomy catheter;
  • Placement of the catheter;
  • How and when to change the catheter;
  • Flushing, cleansing and dressing of the catheter.

An Error identification guideline document is available for download after the course.

Continuing Nursing Education Accreditation  

The e-course Pigtail nephrostomy catheter (25 November 2021-25 November 2023, Aalborg, Denmark) is accredited within the EU-ACME/CNE by the EUAB-CNE (European Urology Accreditation Board – Continuing Nursing Education) programme for a maximum of 1.0 hour(s) of CNE credit(s), following the rule – 1 credit per hour, with a maximum of 8 credits per day.

Each medical professional should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

The course is only available for EAUN Members
If you wish to become a member sign up here.

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To proceed

If you are a member of EAUN and are already a user of EAU(N) e-courses, please send an email to and we will enroll you to the e-course.

If you are new to EAU(N) e-courses please sign up below. You will receive your personal login details by email within one week. It’s free and only for members.

The interest in the e-course will be evaluated by the EAUN Board to help them adapt the educational programme to the needs of the members.

On behalf of EAUN
Susanne Vahr Lauridsen

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