Early or Late Foley Removal After Thoracotomy
Trial status: Open for Enrollment
Why is this study being done?
We hypothesis that removing the foley catheter within 48 hours after a thoracotomy in patients that have an epidural catheter will result in an increase in the rate of urinary infections and the need for reinsertion of the foley. We have designed a randomized trial to test this hypothesis.
Who is eligible to participate?
- epidural catheter after thoracic surgery
- foley in place
- < 18 years of age
- death in hospital within 30 days of the operation
- length of hospital stay is less than 48 hours
- epidural catheter is removed before the 3rd postoperative day
- patients who have a suprapubic catheter or no bladder
- patients who require a urologist or a urologic technician to insert the Foley catheter at the time of surgery
- patients who were being intermittently catheterized before surgery
- patients with a known urinary tract infection preoperatively
- patients required to keep Foley in since they required close monitoring of urinary output