Management of urinary retention in an austere environment: suprapubic catheter placement

J Spec Oper Med. 2010 Summer;10(3):36-40. doi: 10.55460/J1R4-9P5Z.


Urinary retention is a true urologic emergency. First-line treatment with a transurethral catheter can and will fail. SOF medics need a reliable and durable method to resolve this problem using a minimal amount of resources and time. Current SOF Medical Handbook guidance for the management of unsuccessful urethral catheterization is inadequate. This article and accompanying video link, functions as a starting point for incorporating suprapubic tube placement in the training regimen and therapeutic armamentarium of SOF medical personnel.

MeSH terms

  • Catheters*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Military Medicine
  • Military Personnel
  • Specialization
  • Urinary Catheterization / instrumentation*
  • Urinary Retention / therapy*
  • Warfare
  • Wounds and Injuries / surgery