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Appropriateness of Use of Indwelling Urinary Catheters in Patients Admitted to the Medical Service

Rajika L. Munasinghe , MD, MS, Habeeb Yazdani , MD, Mohamed Siddique , MD and Wasif Hafeez , MD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 22, No. 10 (October 2001), pp. 647-649
DOI: 10.1086/501837
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/501837
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Appropriateness of Use of Indwelling Urinary Catheters in Patients Admitted to the Medical Service
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Abstract

ABSTRACT 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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