What is the rationale for inserting a French catheter every hour for the client with epidural anesthesia?
A. The bladder fills more rapidly because of the medication used for the epidural. B. Her level of consciousness is such that she is in a trancelike state. C. The sensation of the bladder filling is diminished or lost. D. She is embarrassed to ask for the bedpan that frequently.
The correct answer to this question is C. Epidural anesthesia decreases the urge to void and sensation of a full bladder. A full bladder will decrease the progression of labor. Therefore, inserting a French catheter every hour will assist in emptying the bladder.
The French (often abbreviated as Fr) catheter scale or gauge system was designed and is commonly used to measure the size of a catheter. Epidural anesthesia is the most common form of pain relief given to pregnant women during labor, when epidural analgesia and epidural anaesthesia or contrast agent is injected into the epidural space around the spinal cord.