QOD 43: Urinary Incontinence in Spinal Cord Injury Patient (GI/GU/Basic Care and Comfort)

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Question:

A patient with a spinal cord injury has difficulty determining when he needs to empty his bladder. The nurse teaches him about tapping to stimulate voiding. How would the nurse describe tapping to this patient?

Answer:

A.  The area over the bladder is tapped to stimulate the bladder muscles

Rationale: 

A patient with a spinal cord injury may be unable to control urine flow if he has little to no sensation in the bladder that tells the brain when it is time to empty the bladder. The nurse may teach the patient about some techniques that can stimulate urine flow. Tapping involves lightly tapping the area over the bladder with the fingertips to stimulate detrusor muscle contractions.

 

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