Continuous Bladder Irrigation

Continuous Bladder Irrigation

Continuous bladder irrigation can help prevent urinary tract obstruction by flushing out small blood clots that form after prostate or bladder surgery. It may also be used to treat an irritated, inflamed, or infected bladder lining.

This procedure requires placement of a three-way bladder catheter. One lumen controls balloon inflation, one allows irrigant inflow, and one allows irrigant outflow. The continuous flow of irrigating solution through the bladder creates a mild tamponade that may help prevent venous hemorrhage. (See Setup for continuous bladder irrigation.) Although the catheter is inserted
in the operating room during prostate or bladder surgery, it may also be inserted at bedside.

Unless specified otherwise, the patient should remain on bed rest throughout continuous bladder irrigation.

Preparation of Equipment

Check the solution bag for leakage. If the solution contains an antibiotic, check the patient’s chart to make sure he isn’t allergic to the drug. Make sure that the irrigating solution is at room temperature to prevent bladder spasm.

Jul 21, 2016 | Posted by in NURSING | Comments Off on Continuous Bladder Irrigation

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