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J Nurs Care Qual. 2013 Oct-Dec;28(4):340-4. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e3182922b2d.

Early removal of urinary catheters in patients with thoracic epidural catheters.

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  • 1Thoracic Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio 44195, USA. tripepk@ccf.org

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine whether early removal of urinary catheters in patients with thoracic epidurals resulted in urinary retention (>500 mL by bladder scanner). Patients were given up to 8 hours to void before further intervention. Of 61 patients, only 4 (6.6%) required urinary catheter reinsertion due to urinary retention. Early removal of urinary catheters after thoracic surgery in patients with thoracic epidurals was safe, with minimal urinary retention.

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