February 1, 2010

Is urinary catheter really necessary?

By: OR Manager

Indwelling urinary catheters are routinely inserted in surgical patients to reduce postoperative bladder dysfunction that can result from anesthesia, analgesia, and immobility. But the benefits are offset by the risk of a urinary tract infection (UTI) if the catheters are left in place for too long. Do you know how many of your patients have indwelling urinary catheters inserted for surgery? Do you know when the catheters are taken out…

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