In a survey of acute care hospitals across the United States, we found that many hospitals use indwelling urinary catheters for reasons that are not medically necessary (eg, urinary incontinence without outlet obstruction and patient/family requests).
Our findings highlight an opportunity to reduce unnecessary catheter use through promoting awareness of appropriate use.
Greene MT, Kiyoshi-Teo H, Reichert H, Krein S, Saint S. Are you the author?
Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Reference: Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014 Oct;35 Suppl 3:S96-8.