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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Thoracic Surgery (Ms Tripepi-Bova), Quantitative Health Sciences (Mr Sun), Thoracic Surgery, Heart and Vascular Institute (Dr Mason), and Nursing Research and Innovation (Dr Albert), Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio.
Correspondence: Kathleen A. Tripepi-Bova, MSN, RN, CCNS, CCRN, Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Ave, Mail Code J52, Cleveland, OH 44195 (email@example.com).
This study was funded by Cleveland Clinic.
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Accepted for publication March 14, 2013.
Published online before print: April 23, 2013