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1 in 2 Catheter-Linked UTIs Avoidable, Study Says
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A review of multiple international studies suggests that hospitals can cut their catheter-associated urinary tract infections by 52% by implementing simple systems that trigger staff to regularly check the patient still needs one.

“Interventions to routinely prompt physicians or nurses to remove unnecessary urinary catheters significantly decrease the rate of catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and no evidence indicates that these interventions increase the need for re-catheterization,” wrote the researchers, affiliated with the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor VA Medical Center.