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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014 Oct;35 Suppl 3:S96-8. doi: 10.1086/677823.

Urinary catheter indications in the United States: results from a national survey of acute care hospitals.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Abstract

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.

PMID:
25222904
DOI:
10.1086/677823
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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