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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2001 Oct;22(10):647-9.

Appropriateness of use of indwelling urinary catheters in patients admitted to the medical service.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Sinai-Grace Hospital, Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center, MI 48235, USA.


Of 836 medical admissions evaluated over a 1-month period, 89 (10.7%) had a urinary catheter placed within 24 hours; 34 placements (38%) had no justifiable indication. Risk for inappropriate catheterization was independent of age, gender, functional status, and mental status at admission. Preventive measures should focus on increasing awareness among healthcare providers.

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