Early or Late Foley Removal After Thoracotomy


Rochester, Minn.

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?

Inclusion Criteria:

         -  epidural catheter after thoracic surgery

         -  foley in place

       Exclusion Criteria:

         -  < 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

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