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Bladder Management in Palliative Care 

Bladder Management in Palliative Care
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Bladder Management in Palliative Care
Author(s):

Naomi Farrington

, and Catherine Murphy

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190862374.003.0017
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date: 23 October 2019

Management of urinary difficulties in palliative care should be as much a priority for nursing care as symptoms such as pain and nausea, as these, too, can cause great distress and discomfort. This chapter discusses the urinary and bladder difficulties that may occur in a patient approaching the end of life and the options for nursing care that can be considered with personalized, holistic care in mind. Potential problems for patients in receipt of palliative care can include voiding dysfunctions such as urinary retention, toileting issues such as incontinence, and painful bladder difficulties such as spasm and infection. Priorities for nursing care are detailed, taking into account the patient’s clinical situation and personal preferences.

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