Whenever I straight cath someone or put in a foley, I immediately have to pee. I don't know if it's that I'm vicariously feeling the overwhelming relief too or what. I had a patient who had a foley in, and when I came on shift there was like a 1/4 tsp in the bag. Nothing. I figured that the aide had emptied it at the end of previous shift (they're supposed to do that). So I checked back about an hour later, hour and a half-nothing. Didn't like that, so I bladder scanned the guy (it wasn't leaking or pulled out) and scanned almost 1000ml. "WOW!" I thought, and so I tried to irrigate it- water went in, water did not come out. Hmmm...told my charge, and she said to just put a new one in. I pulled the old one, and the end was totally occluded with a giant blood clot (this guy was admitted with a UTI, he had like a perpetual UTI). When I got the cath in, and urine came into the tube, it was just red, and these huge clots were coming down, but I tell you, I emptied that bag within a half hour because it was full. There had to have been, close to 2000ml.
It didn't occur to me until much later "didn't the evening shift see something happening? I mean this couldn't have just popped up at 2300!" Sometimes the aides empty the bag and they don't enter the output in, so I wonder what was actually emptied prior to my shift. If anything was emptied at all.
And now I have to pee.