Health & Medical Kidney & Urinary System

Entrapped Foley Catheter: A Case Study

´╗┐Entrapped Foley Catheter: A Case Study

Abstract and Introduction


Obstruction of the urethra can cause necrosis of the urethra. Without prompt intervention, this obstruction may lead to intrinsic renal failure. A unique nursing situation occurred with a patient's entrapped Foley catheter, requiring timely intervention. This case study reinforces that a nurse's ability to assess and describe clinical assessment findings to a physician via the telephone can be critical to patient outcomes.


An 80-year-old Caucasian male, C.P., was admitted to the surgical floor post-laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Post-operatively, he was sent to the intensive care unit (ICU) and placed on total parenteral nutrition (TPN) due to abdominal distention. While in ICU, a Foley catheter was placed to monitor his urine output. Pertinent medical history included atrial fibrillation on warfarin sodium (Coumadin®), hypertension, cirrhosis of unclear etiology, and mild dementia.

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