HomePhilippine Scientific Journalvol. 43 no. 1 (2010)

Incidence of Urinary Retention Necessitating Maneuvers in Patients with Indwelling Foley Catheter for Seven Days or Less Among Patients at the Medical Intensive Care Unit

Rodel R. Buitizon



Urinary retention is the inability to empty the bladder. It may be acute or chronic. Acute urinary retention is a medical emergency requiring prompt action such as insertion of a urethral catheter.


The objective of this study is to determine the incidence of bladder retention necessitating maneuvers that will induce urination in patients with indwelling foley catheter for seven days or less in an intensive care unit setting.


There were a total of 125 patients who were included and observed in this study. The primary inclusion criterion was seven days on indwelling catheter. Nine out of 125 patients or 7.2% experienced urinary retention. There was a significant association noted between age and urinary retention but no association noted between sex and urinary retention. There was a significant difference in the number of days with catheter on subjects with or without urinary retention.


The study showed that out of 125 patients who were included in this study, only nine patients (7.2%) had urinary retention. The predictive factors for the occurrence of urinary retention in catheterized patients include: ages of > 80 y/o and > 4 days on indwelling catheter. The gender as well as the primary illness has no association with the occurrence of urinary retention.