Episode 55 -Management of Acute Urinary Retention in the Emergency Department

EMplify – March 2021

Management of Acute Urinary Retention in the Emergency Department

  1. An algorithmic approach to urinary retention.
  2. Relieve the obstruction 
    • Foley
    • Cudet cather
    • Silicone catheter
    • Suprapubic catheter
  3. Determine the cause – 
    • Structural
    • Medications / Toxicologic
    • Neurologic
    • Infectious
  4. Alpha blockers
  5. Antibiotics
  6. Slow vs rapid bladder decompression
  7. Admit or discharge
  8. Phimosis and Paraphimosis


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Last Updated on April 29, 2022

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