Bladder Pressure Assessment Periprocedural Care

Updated: Jan 16, 2020
  • Author: Pamela I Ellsworth, MD; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Periprocedural Care

Patient Education & Consent

It is helpful to discuss what the procedure entails with the patient to alleviate any anxieties. Tell the patient that a topical anesthetic will be used for catheter placement, but he or she will be able to drive home after the procedure. Ask patients who void volitionally to arrive with a full bladder.

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Monitoring & Follow-up

Advise the patient that some discomfort is common with voiding the first few times after the procedure. Persistence of discomfort, particularly if associated with other signs/symptoms of a urinary tract infection, should prompt a urinalysis and culture. Rarely, the patient may see blood in the urine for the first void or two after the procedure. If this persists, the patient should contact the provider.

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