Portable bladder ultrasound scanning

Are nurses permitted to perform portable bladder ultrasound scanning as part of an assessment?

Yes. Portable bladder ultrasound scanning falls within the scope of nursing practice when it is used as part of a routine nursing assessment. For example, to determine urinary retention and the need for urinary catheterization.

Before performing this procedure, you must determine that you are competent to do so and can interpret the findings. You will also need the knowledge, skill and judgment to determine the procedure is appropriate, manage the client during the procedure and provide follow-up care.

Page last reviewed June 07, 2022