Can anyone help me understand the theory behind this - I had a pt with a foley that didn't seem to be draining right and the pt was also complaining of "feeling like they had to go to the bathroom." The RN I was with came in and moved the tubing around a little and also said maybe the balloon wasn't inflated quite right. We got about 800 cc's of output after all this and everything seemed ok - ?????
I would think the best person to explain to you what happened here is the RN you were with at the time.
This is just my thought from what you have described - perhaps the balloon wasn't fully inflated and the catheter slipped out from the bladder and was part way in the urethra? This would explain the pt's feeling of urgency. Then maybe when the RN repositioned it, she relocated it back into the pt's bladder, thus restoring the flow?
As I say, just my thoughts from how you describe the event.
(Not something I would advocate, by the way)
Last edit by letina on Mar 8, '05