WCAV-WVAW-WAHU | Charlottesville, Virginia | News, Weather & Sports

Martha Jefferson Healthwise: Bladder Scanner

Oct. 23, 2013

Doctors are using new technology to help patients after surgery. In this week's Martha Jefferson Healthwise report, CBS19's Stephanie Satchell found out more about a device called a bladder scanner and why it's making a big difference for patients.

After having a surgery that requires anesthesia, your organs need time to wake up and begin functioning again including your bladder.

Often doctors give you a certain amount of time to empty your bladder on your own. If you can't, a catheter is usually the next option.

Now new technology is being used at Martha Jefferson Hospital called a bladder scanner.

"It's a piece of equipment that we use to see how much urine is in a patient's bladder," said Abby Denby, Nurse Manager, Martha Jefferson Hospital.

It basically works like an ultrasound.

"You put the ultrasound probe on the patient’s abdomen on the bladder. With the click of a button, the device tells you how many milliliters of urine is in the patients bladder. It's that simple," said Denby.

Before the hospital used bladder scanners, a catheter would normally have to be inserted to ensure that a patient emptied their bladder.

Now the new scanner means new benefits for patients.

"It's less painful for a patient...not that a catheter is painful for a patient, but it's certainly uncomfortable. This is non-invasive and it decreases their risk for a urinary tract infection," said Denby.

The new device is helping the hospital decrease the use of catheters and increasing the comfort of patients.

The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.


powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 228951031