Optimal Timing of Foley Catheter Removal in Patients Undergoing Thoracic Surgery With Epidural Analgesia: A Randomized, Controlled Trial


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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