Foley to LIS???

Nurses General Nursing


Specializes in Medical Surgical.

A few weeks ago, a patient in our Medical Surgical floor had a cystoscopy and TURP done. He came back to the floor with CBI orders from the Urologist. He was on CBI for a couple of days and one morning, the Urologist ordered "Foley to LIS". :eek:

All the RN's on the floor were dumbfounded because none of use had ever come across a doctors order like that. Even the old time RN's with 30+ years of experience.

Charge nurse called MD and he said "if we don't want to follow his orders, we can transfer the patient to the Surgical floor because they do that there". Charge nurse called the Surgical ward and found out that in fact, they had done Foley to LIS before, following the same urologists' order. Attending physician was notified of the request by Uro to transfer his patient to Surgical. The attending physician also questioned the uro's order.

The incident was forwarded to our hospital's risk manager and it was verified that the "Foley to LIS" order wasn't safe and shouldn't be done.

So had anyone here ever encountered a similar order?

Specializes in LTC, dementia.

just curious what is LIS?

Specializes in Medical Surgical.

low intermittent suction

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho, ASC.

Low Intermittent Suction.

And yes, we had a case like that not too long ago. The RN questioned the order and was given the rationale. The order was carried out.

Personally, that order scared the crap out of me and I was selfishly glad that it wasn't my patient. I suppose with CBI running as well, it would be hard to cause damage, but still....

Specializes in LTC Rehab Med/Surg.

I've never heard of it and would never do it.

Specializes in Home Health.

Never heard of it. Doesn't sound too good.

Specializes in Women's Health.

Did the doc explain why they wanted it to LIS? There must be a reason and that might clear the air.

What did the Risk manager cite as the problem? The fact that the order was unclear or that the procedure itself wasn't safe?

Specializes in Critical Care.

Unlike GI tubes, Foley catheters usually only have one drainage hole, so on suction that hole would be likely to suck against the wall of the bladder, not allowing it to drain. Also, Unlike the lining of the stomach, the wall of the bladder is fragile, even on LIS a foley could damage the bladder particularly since there are no other drainage holes to vent the suction through when it gets stuck up against the bladder wall.

Specializes in Coronary Rehab Unit.

Have never heard of that or run across that on my floor. I learned something today :up:

Specializes in OR, CVOR, Clinical Education, Informatic.

I once had a very tired resident order foley to low wall suction and an NGT to bedside drainage :) A quick phone call cleared that up with no problem though.

Specializes in Trauma Surgery, Nursing Management.

MunoRN-you are exactly right. If a pt is s/p TURP, the bladder can be friable. I cannot imagine placing a foley to LIS after TURP.

I can't wait to hear what my surgical urologists think about this. I will be in the OR with them tomorrow and I will ask them if they have heard of this.

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