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Catheter chaos: Hospitals lag in preventing common infection
Date:1/2/2008

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As this issue continues to gain attention, the authors say, patients should not be afraid to speak up about catheters that might have been put in place when they had surgery or an emergency, were treated for a bladder obstruction, or needed close monitoring of their urine output. Previous studies have shown that up to a third of the days that patients use catheters are medically unnecessary, and that doctors dont know whether their hospitalized patients have catheters about a third of the time.


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