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The study builds on previous work by Saint and his colleagues that found that silver-coated indwelling catheters were associated with fewer UTIs than conventional indwelling catheters in certain high-risk patients, and that a reminder system for doctors and nurses could reduce the time patients spend with a catheter.

‘Sometimes we physicians just order a urinary catheter as a knee-jerk response, instead of thinking through whether the patient needs it,’ he says. ‘We should only use catheters when necessary, and even then we should have reminders to prompt discontinuation.' Now, with the new results, he hopes that clinicians in hospitals and nursing homes will stop to consider whether a male patient can use a condom catheter rather than an indwelling one. ‘Even if the infection rate were the same between the two, we should err on the side of giving patients the option they would probably prefer. The only drawback is that we don't yet have an external device for women that works well,’ he says.

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