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August 22, 2010

Catheter Removal Reminders Could Halve Urinary Tract Infections

Reminding hospital staff to remove catheters could reduce the rate of catheter-associated urinary tract infections by 52%, according to a study by University of Michigan researchers. Catheter reminder systems can take the form of stickers placed on catheter bags or charts, computer-gen

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Reminding hospital staff to remove catheters could reduce the rate of catheter-associated urinary tract infections by 52%, according to a study by University of Michigan researchers.

Catheter reminder systems can take the form of stickers placed on catheter bags or charts, computer-generated reminders, or stop orders where the catheter can be removed unless a physician directly renews it.

Jennifer Meddings, lead author of the study, said that these interventions appear to be low-cost strategies that could be implemented in any health care system.

Urinary catheters are commonly used to drain bladders in hospitalised patients, but can cause urinary tract and bloodstream infections, and life-threatening blood clots, if they are left in place for longer than necessary.

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