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Journal of Nursing Care Quality:
doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e3182922b2d
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Early Removal of Urinary Catheters in Patients With Thoracic Epidural Catheters

Tripepi-Bova, Kathleen A. MSN, RN, CCNS, CCRN; Sun, Zhiyuan MS; Mason, David MD; Albert, Nancy M. PhD, RN

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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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