Hey Doc, Do I Still Need This Catheter?
Study shows simple hospital reminder system can reduce urinary catheter use, cutting risk of infection - and cost
Millions of hospital patients could be spared the humiliation and infection risk that come with a urine-collecting catheter, a new study finds, if hospitals used a simple reminder system to prompt doctors to remove the devices after two days.
About 25 percent of hospital patients at any given time have urinary catheters and a substantial proportion of patients have them much longer than they really need them, experts say. This greatly raises their risk of getting a painful urinary tract infection or even a blood infection.