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The Urinary System and Clinical Nursing Skills

This system is has several other names: renal, urogenital and genitourinary system. 

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It is combined with the reproductive system in many instances because the organs of both are so closely placed in the body and some with dual functions such as the urethra of the male.

The function of this system is to excrete toxins, control blood pressure and electrolyte balance.

Toxins are filtered by the kidneys, flow down the ureters and are held by the bladder until it is excreted through the urethra.

The renal system consists of two kidneys, two ureters leading from each of the kidneys, bladder and the urethra for urine to be expelled.

Cross Section of the Urinary System

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profile of male urinary systemmale urinary system

There is a myriad of supplies and equipment for managing the renal system. One common procedure that will be reviewed in detail on related pages is insertion of a urinary catheter which in and of itself includes many variations.  There are many types of catheters made of a variety of materials depending on patient needs.

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