Foley catheter
A flexible plastic tube (a catheter) inserted into the bladder to provide continuous urinary drainage. The "Foley" has a balloon on the bladder end. After the catheter is inserted in the bladder, the balloon is inflated (with air or fluid) so that the catheter cannot pull out but is retained in the bladder as an "indwelling" catheter. Removal is accomplished simply by deflating the balloon and slipping the catheter out. The "Foley" is named for the American urologist Frederic Eugene Basil Foley (1891-1966).

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Fo·ley catheter 'fō-lē- n a catheter with an inflatable balloon tip for retention in the bladder
Foley Frederic Eugene Basil (1891-1966)
American urologist. Foley in 1937 introduced an operation for stricture at the junction of the ureter and the kidney pelvis. The operation entailed the insertion of a rubber catheter now known as the Foley catheter.

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an indwelling catheter that has a balloon filled with air or liquid to retain it in place in the bladder.

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