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When a patient presents to an emergency department or urgent care centre, they should be given the best available information.

This updated fact sheet helps ensure clinicians and patients have access to easy-to-read information about different emergency conditions.

Give this fact sheet to your patients when discharging them from an emergency department or urgent care centre.

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Download our fact sheet to provide your patients with easy to follow guidance on acute urinary retention.

This fact sheet has the #withconsumers tick from the Consumers Health Forum of Australia

Urinary retention is the inability to empty the bladder. With acute urinary retention, you can’t urinate (pass water) at all, even though you have a full bladder (the organ in your body where urine is stored before it leaves the body). Acute urinary retention requires urgent treatment.

Anyone can experience urinary retention, but it is most common in men over 50 because of prostate enlargement.

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Centre of Clinical Excellence - Acute
Safer Care Victoria

Page last updated: 15 Jan 2021

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