Using ultrasound to detect post-void residual urine

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Yates A (2016) Using ultrasound to detect post-void residual urine. Nursing Times; 112: 32/33/34, 16–19. A wide range of people may experience urinary retention, which can result in other health problems. Ultrasound bladder scanning is increasingly used to detect post-void residual urine but is not suitable for everyone. Health professionals must be trained in who is, and is not, suitable for the procedure, how it should be carried out safely and interpreting the results so appropriate treatment can be planned. This article outlines the advantages of ultrasound scanning over catheterisation, and gives an overview of the indications and contraindications of the procedure.

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> Patient groups at risk of urinary retention

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> Advantages of ultrasound bladder scanning over catheterisation

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> Indications and contraindications of bladder scanning

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Ultrasound scanning can be used to detect post-void residual urine, but health professionals need training in the benefits and risks, and how to perform it

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