Thursday, January 21, 2010

Discharge Instructions: Trans Urethral Resection of the Prostate (English and Spanish version)

*(Looking for other types of discharge instructions in English or Spanish? Click here).

I Hope You Were Given Some Discharge Instructions . . .

Waste not, want not.  I'm reviewing my collection of patient educational materials which includes brochures and flyers that I've picked up over the last 14 years.  This entry is a transcription of an undated, uncopyrighted, no author given, flyer that we used at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso, Texas as discharge instructions for our "TURP" patients (Trans Urethral Resection of the Prostate).  El Paso County is roughly 90% Hispanic with Spanish being the primary language so it was essential to have discharge instructions available in both languages.  I've included the Spanish version here and have linked (at bottom) to another blog post I created with LOTS of Spanish discharge instructions. 

Looking at these TURP discharge instructions now, I'm surprised at what BASIC information our patients were given. 

***TURP Patients:  Be sure to look at the information you were provided at discharge to ensure you are following YOUR physician's post-op recommendations.***

Trans Urethral Resection of the Prostate, “Discharge Instructions”

What do I need to remember when I go home?

1. Eat well-balanced meals.
2. Drink at least eight (8) glasses of liquids per day, preferably water.
3. NO heavy lifting.
4. NO heavy straining.
5. Take a mild laxative if you have difficulty with bowel eliminiation.
6. NO strenuous exercise.
7. Keep all follow-up appointments with your physician.
8. Call your physician if you have:
  • Fever (101 degrees F or over) and/or chills
  • Persistent, heavy bleeding and/or clots
  • Inability to urinate
  • Severe Pain
Questions that you need to ask your physician:

1. When can I drive a car?
2. When can I go back to work?
3. When can I engage in sexual activity?

What should I do if I have bleeding?

Blood in the urine is a natural product of the healing process. You should drink ample amounts of fluid to “flush out the system” and prevent clots from forming.
If bleeding persists and clots form, call your physician.

Any Other Specific Instructions?


Reseccion Trans Uretral De La Prostata, “Instrucciones Para Cuidado En Casa” 

¿Que Debo Recordar Al Irme A Casa?

1. Coma comidas bien balanciadas.

2. Tome por lo menos 8 vasos de liquidos al día, preferiblemente agua.

3. NO levante cosas pesadas.

4. NO se esfuerze en exceso.

5. Tome un laxante suave si Ud. tiene estreñimiento.

6. NO haga ejercicio rigueroso.

7. Asista a las citas con su doctor.

8. Llame a su doctor si Ud. Tiente:
  • Calentura (101 F o mas) y/o escalofrios
  • Sangrado persistente o coagulos
  • Inhabilidad de orinar
  • Dolor severo
Preguntas Que UD. Debe Hacarle a Su Doctor:

1. Cuando puedo empezar a manejar el coche?

2. Cuando puedo regresar a mi empleo?

3. Cuando puedo resumir actividades sexuales?

¿Que Debo Hacer Si Hay Sangrado?

La sangre en la orina es un producto natural del proceso de sanamiento. Ud. Debe tomar cantidades amplias de liquidos parea “enjuagar el sistema” y prevenir la formación de coagulos.

Si el sangrado persiste y coagulos se forman, llame a su doctor.

¿Otras Instrucciones Especificas?

*Click here: to link to my blog post with many more links to discharge instructions in Spanish *

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