Acute Urinary Retention, Female

ExitCare ImageUrinary retention means you are unable to pee completely or at all (empty your bladder).

HOME CARE

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

  • If you are sent home with a tube that drains the bladder (catheter), there will be a drainage bag attached to it. There are two types of bags. One is big that you can wear at night without having to empty it. One is smaller and needs to be emptied more often.

  • Keep the drainage bag emptied.

  • Keep the drainage bag lower than the tube.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

GET HELP IF:

  • You have a low-grade fever.

  • You have spasms or you are leaking pee when you have spasms.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have chills or a fever.

  • Your catheter stops draining pee.

  • Your catheter falls out.

  • You have increased bleeding that does not stop after you have rested and increased the amount of fluids you had been drinking.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.