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Fast-track catheter management offers little benefit after benign hysterectomy

 

Key clinical point: Fast-track catheter management after surgery improves dwell time, but not other outcomes.

Major finding: Catheter dwell times were 650 versus 1,196 minutes with fast-track and conventional management, respectively.

Study details: A prospective, randomized study of 200 women.

Disclosures: Dr. Lang reported having no disclosures.

Source: Lang P et al. SGS 2018, Oral Poster 20.


 

REPORTING FROM SGS 2018

– A fast-track approach to urinary catheter management after benign gynecologic surgery reduced catheter dwell time, but did not significantly improve outcomes or patient satisfaction in a prospective, randomized trial.

Catheter dwell times in 200 women randomized 1:1 to receive either fast-track catheter management with planned catheter removal at 4 hours after surgery, or conventional catheter management with planned catheter removal 1 day after surgery, were 650 minutes versus 1,196 minutes in the groups, respectively, Patrick Lang, MD, reported at the annual scientific meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons.

Overall, 93% of patients had a successful voiding trial for catheter removal, but failures occurred more often in the fast-track management group than in the conventional management group (12% vs. 2%), said Dr. Lang, a fellow at the Christ Hospital Health Network, Cincinnati.


Furthermore, the reduction in Urogenital Distress Inventory short form scores after surgery was significant overall but did not differ significantly in the fast-track and conventional management groups, and there was a trend toward less of a reduction in Urogenital Distress Inventory scores among those who failed the voiding trial versus those who passed, he noted.

Follow-up patient surveys at 2-3 weeks after surgery showed no significant difference between the groups in the rates of reported urinary tract infections (13% and 19% with fast-track and conventional management, respectively) and antibiotic exposure, or in lower urinary tract symptoms (P = .24 and .92), he said.

Patients also had a positive overall impression of their catheter management, with no significant difference between the groups in the percentage of patients who strongly agreed that their catheter was well managed (80% and 87%, respectively).

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