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Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2012 Nov;94(8):597-600. doi: 10.1308/003588412X13373405385412.

Safe percutaneous suprapubic catheterisation.

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CSM Medical University, India.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

We describe our technique of percutaneous suprapubic catheter insertion with special reference to steps that help to avoid common complications of haematuria and catheter misplacement.

METHODS:

The procedure is performed using a stainless steel reusable trocar under local infiltrative anaesthesia, usually at the bedside. After clinical confirmation of a full bladder, the trocar is advanced into the bladder through a skin incision. Once the bladder is entered, the obturator is removed and the assistant inserts a Foley catheter followed by rapid balloon inflation. Slight traction is applied to the catheter for about five minutes. Patients with previous lower abdominal surgery, an inadequately distended bladder or acute pelvic trauma do not undergo suprapubic catheterisation using this method.

RESULTS:

The procedure was performed in 72 men (mean age: 42.4 years, range: 18-78 years) with urinary retention with a palpable bladder. The average duration of the procedure was less than five minutes. No complications were noted in any of the patients.

CONCLUSIONS:

Trocar suprapubic catheter insertion is a safe and effective bedside procedure for emergency bladder drainage and can be performed by resident surgeons. The common complications associated with the procedure can be avoided with a few careful steps.

PMID:
23131233
PMCID:
PMC3954289
DOI:
10.1308/003588412X13373405385412
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