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Am J Infect Control. 2016 Mar 1;44(3):e23-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2015.10.011. Epub 2015 Dec 14.

Patient perspectives on indwelling urinary catheter use in the hospital.

Author information

1
William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison, WI; Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI. Electronic address: ns2@medicine.wisc.edu.
2
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.
3
Geriatrics, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI.
4
William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison, WI.

Abstract

Urinary tract infections are one of the most common hospital-acquired infections, with 70%-80% resulting from catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs). We undertook a qualitative study to assess patient perspectives of indwelling urinary catheters using a semistructured interview. We found that patient awareness and patient engagement regarding indwelling urinary catheters and their consequences could be improved in the hospital setting. Implementing educational programs incorporating patient preferences for both health care workers and patients is likely to increase the involvement of patients in decision-making regarding urinary catheters and may lead to a decline in CAUTIs.

KEYWORDS:

Catheter-associated urinary tract infections; Patient perspectives

PMID:
26698670
PMCID:
PMC5262492
[Available on 2017-03-01]
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajic.2015.10.011
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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