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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Kay Foland


urinary catheterization, urination


Currently there are no scientific guidelines regarding the optimal time of urinary catheter removal following . urological surgery. The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of urinary catheter removal at midnight vs. at 6 am in postoperative urology patients. An experimental design was used. A total of 33 male participants between the ages 44 and 87 were randomly assigned to either group I where catheters were removed at 6 am, or group II where the catheters were removed at midnight. The time between catheter removal and discharge was significantly (p=0.002) shorter for the midnight group compared to the 6 am group. There were no other statistical significant values. All the patients in the midnight group were discharged the same day, versus 65% who were discharged in the 6 am group.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Urinary catheterization

Number of Pages



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