Among the concerns in the PACU is managing postoperative urinary retention (POUR).
New evidence-based guidelines suggest that patient care may be improved and POUR may be alleviated by recommending appropriate catheter removal combined with ultrasound bladder monitoring.1
BladderScan® ultrasound bladder volume instruments help diagnose and monitor urinary retention. They are quick, accurate, easy to use-no sonographer is required. They can help manage POUR and improve patient outcomes by reducing the duration of urinary catheterization, or avoiding it altogether.2
References: 1. Baldini G, Bagry H, Aprikian A, Carli F. Postoperative urinary retention: anesthetic and perioperative considerations. Anesthesiology.2009;110(5):1139-1157. 2. Zaouter C, Kaneva P, Carli F. Less urinary tract infection by earlier removal of bladder catheter in surgical patients receiving thoracic epidural analgesia. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2009;34(6):542-548.