Greene T, Kiyoshi-Teo H, Reichert H, Krein S, Saint S. 2014. Urinary catheter indications in the United States: Results from a national survey of acute care hospitals. Infect Contr Hosp Epidemiol Oct:S96-S98.
In a survey of acute care hospitals across the United States, we found that many hospitals use indwelling urinary catheters for reasons that are not medically necessary (eg, urinary incontinence without outlet obstruction and patient/family requests). Our findings highlight an opportunity to reduce unnecessary catheter use through promoting awareness of appropriate use.