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    Posted: Aug 07 2009 at 8:03am
Our user asked: "I would like to know how I can manage SCI patients with external catheter indwelling. They should take the catheter out?"
 
Ask a PT Response: "After speaking with a colleague of mine who works in the rehab setting we both concluded that it should stay in place. You do not want to increase the risk for infection or increase the risk for autonomic dysreflexia (decrease HR, high BP, sweating, pass out, etc).  If you really need to remove the catheter because it is in the way of your treatment, it would definitely be a good idea to consult with the patient's doctor first."


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Sorry, just had to correct your statement on AD.

Autonomic Dysreflexia usually presents with increased BP and decreased HR/Bradycardia not the other way around. SCI above T6 level are prone to this, but can rarely occur in lower thoracic lesion presentations. And you should never place this patient in a supine position; SIT THEM UP!
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@InjyunPt - You are correct. Thanks for catching this.

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