How is urinary catheterization used in the treatment of sepsis/septic shock?

Updated: Oct 07, 2020
  • Author: Andre Kalil, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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An indwelling urinary catheter should be placed. In all patients with sepsis, urine output (UOP), a marker for adequate renal perfusion and cardiac output, should be closely monitored, as should renal function; mortality is greatly increased in patients with urosepsis and sepsis or septic shock. Normal UOP in an adult is 0.5 mL/kg/hr or more, [11, 60] equivalent to about 30-50 mL/hr for most adults.

Any abnormalities in UOP should prompt assessment of the adequacy of circulating blood volume, cardiac output, and blood pressure; these should be corrected if inadequate. As with sepsis in other sites, early and appropriate initiation of antimicrobial therapy—as well as identification and management of any urinary tract disorders—is essential. [54]

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