What is the best time of day to remove a urinary catheter? What do you think?
Traditionally patients would have a trail removal of urinary catheters at 6am. This allows time during the day for the patient to pass urine or to receive appropriate treatment if they go on to develop urinary retention.
Some urology wards remove urinary catheters at midnight. This allows the bladder to fill while the patient is asleep so they pass urine when they wake up. If they have problems with urinary retention these can be identified and managed earlier in the day.
One suggested advantage of the trail removal at midnight is earlier discharge from hospital and improved bed management. However, there appears to be very little evidence to support either approach or the outcome for patients.