I know I will regret asking such a silly and probably very elementary question of you seasoned OR nurses but its something that popped into my head one night, not sure why it did, but now its driving me crazy.
Are all patients foley cathed for ALL surgeries or are there set protocol for one or do certain docs want caths for some patients and not others? Is it dependant on where the surgery site is or how long the surgery will be gong on? For example, if you are having say, surgery on your ear that should last only 1 hour, are you cathed? Or does the surgery site/procedure and time frame not matter?
I've had over 15 surgeries in my lifetime. Most were GYN related so I assume a foley was placed. But I have had some laproscopic surgeries and some non-gyn surgeries and now I wonder, was I cathed for that too? Its not a big deal, I just was curious.
I appreciate anyone's input.