School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK.
Catheter associated urinary tract infections remain a persistent challenge in healthcare practice.
To establish whether silver alloy urinary catheters reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections compared with standard silicone or latex urinary catheters in short-term hospitalised adult patients.
Method: Analysis of eight studies using the Critical Appraisal Skills for Practitioners tool.
A consistent pattern emerged that supported the effectiveness of silver alloy urinary catheters over uncoated catheters to reduce infections in adult patients.
Changing practice to use silver alloy catheters would have a significant impact on patient care.
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Reference: Nurs Times. 2011 Jul 26-Aug 1;107(29):19-20, 22.