Early or Late Foley Removal After Thoracotomy


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. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

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 the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Mark Allen, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

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