Acute urinary retention: causes, clinical features and patient care
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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

Correspondence

m.j.steggall@city.ac.uk

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This article has been subject to double blind peer review