Early or Late Foley Removal After Thoracotomy


  • Study type

  • Study IDs

  • Describes the nature of a clinical study. Types include:

    • Observational study — observes people and measures outcomes without affecting results.
    • Interventional study (clinical trial) — studies new tests, treatments, drugs, surgical procedures or devices.
    • Medical records research — uses historical information collected from medical records of large groups of people to study how diseases progress and which treatments and surgeries work best.
  • Site IRB
    • Rochester, Minnesota: 11-006618
    NCT ID: NCT01611519
    Sponsor Protocol Number: 11-006618

About this study

Is the early removal of Foley catheter safe in patients undergoing general thoracic surgery with an epidural catheter in place?

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. If you need assistance understanding the eligibility criteria, please contact the study team.

See eligibility criteria

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

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact us for help.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Mark Allen, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Thoracic Surgery Research Unit

(877) 526-9172


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