Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Bladder ultrasound

  • Comment

VOL: 96, ISSUE: 39, PAGE NO: 49

RAY ADDISON, NURSE CONSULTANT IN BLADDER AND BOWEL DYSFUNCTION, MAYDAY HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST, CROYDON

Bladder ultrasound avoids the need for catheterisation to estimate residual urine volume. Risk assessment shows that catheterisation for estimation of residual urine should be avoided.

Bladder ultrasound avoids the need for catheterisation to estimate residual urine volume. Risk assessment shows that catheterisation for estimation of residual urine should be avoided.

Reasons for performing a bladder ultrasound include continence assessment, biofeedback in bladder retraining, assessment of catheter malfunction, and the effect of anticholinergic medication on voiding.

Older men, and patients with neurological disease such as multiple sclerosis, are most at risk of voiding problems. Bladder ultrasound should be a standard investigation received by those at-risk groups when they present with bladder problems.

If the area where the scan head is to be placed is infected, seek local advice from your radiology department or from the manufacturers before proceeding.

Bladder ultrasound can help to identify those patients in retention who may require admission to hospital for catheterisation. The effects of catheterisation in a patient with retention may cause an alteration in blood chemistry and associated haematuria which is related to sudden decompression of the bladder and abdominal cavity.

Before carrying out a bladder ultrasound, nurses should be able to demonstrate their competence and ensure their employer has accepted bladder ultrasound as a nursing activity.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs