Acute urinary retention: causes, clinical features and patient care
Martin J Steggall Acting head and senior lecturer, Applied biology and urology, Department of Applied Biological Sciences, City University, Erectile dysfunction, Barts and The London NHS Trust, London
This article provides an overview of acute urinary retention (AUR), which can cause patients severe pain and distress. It examines potential causes and risk factors. The main strategies for the treatment and clinical management of patients are discussed. Nurses have a key role in identifying patients at risk of AUR. Therefore, the nursing role in assessment and management is explored.
Nursing Standard. 21, 29,42-46. doi: 10.7748/ns2007.03.21.29.42.c4538
Published in print: 28 March 2007Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review