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.