Can silver alloy catheters reduce infection rates? - Abstract

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.

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 21941730 Infections Section


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