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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2011 Dec;32(12):1216-8. doi: 10.1086/662625. Epub 2011 Oct 26.

A real-life snapshot of the use and abuse of urinary catheters on general medical wards.

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  • 1Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia.


An observational study was performed on 2 wards in a tertiary hospital to determine staff awareness, knowledge, and documentation of catheter use and the effects these have on duration of catheterization. Overall, there was poor knowledge of the indications and date of catheterization. Doctor awareness decreases duration of catheterization.

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