Foleys for convenience

Perhaps this speaks more for the nursing shortages in the country:

Nearly one in four older hospitalized patients received a urinary catheter without any medical reason for one, and these patients tended to be the ones who would need the most help going to the bathroom if left un-catheterized, said Seth Landefeld, M.D., of the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center here.

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  • Anonymous

    There is alot of honesty in this statement. I was recently hospitilized and was unable to get out of bed on my own. I was not catherized.

    However, I take a strong diuretic for HBP. I was given my medications and then naturally I had to use the bathroom a short time later. When I called the nurse she was a total b**** about it. When I had to call again in about 25 minutes she told me I better completely empty my bladder this time or she would ask for me to be catherized. I don’t care how good you empty your bladder, if you just took a diuretic you will have to go a few times. I think that’s their purpose?

    Oh, baby! I’m not playing that game while I am sick in a hosp. When my Doc. came in I beat her to it. I asked him if I could have a foley inserted. When he questioned me about it I explained the conversation with the nurse. He flew from my room and I guarantee there was no more bitchin about me having to use the bathroom after taking laxis.

    It’s disgusting that they do this.

  • John J. Coupal

    There’s no nurses shortage.

    maybe, a shortage of lower-paid nurses aides who could do that job just as well.

  • Anonymous

    I’m curious why you state that there is no nursing shortage, like it is fact. Not to sound like a broken record, but what is your source? I think there’s a pretty strong consensus among both the medical and nursing communities that there is indeed a significant shortage of RNs.

  • John J. Coupal

    Schools of nursing faculty, nurses registries, professional headhunters would all say there definitely is a nursing shortage.

    It all depends on who you ask, as to whether there is a surplus, right number, or shortage of nurses.

    It’s my opinion that there is a sufficient number of nurses available.

  • Anonymous

    john c. coupal is an idiot. There is a large nursing shortage and what he said is just his opinion.

    many obese 300 pounders ask for their foley as soon as they come through the ER door because they are too fat to get up and down and use the bathroom

  • Anonymous

    John Coupal:
    Whatever you are smoking it must be good. I see hospital beds closed all the time in my city (in th sunbelt) due to RN shortages while the Er is overloaded. I see traveler’s all over the place. I see foreign nursing grads everywhere. Please do tell me which country you live in, because it sure isn’t the USA.

  • Anonymous

    Hello. I want to comment on the “no nursing shortage”. According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing there are approximately 450,000 people who have active RN licenses who are not working at all as Registered Nurses. There are about 125,000 vacant nursing positions that none of the 450,000 want to fill. Why? Terrible working conditions, stress and mediocre pay aren’t exactly incentives to work in nursing.

    Things are getting a little better though. In California the new 1:5 nurse-to-patient ratio has actually brought some nurses back to the profession who left it in the late 90′s.

    So there isn’t really a shortage of nurses, just a shortage of people who want to work as one.

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