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Half of Elderly Women Unnecessarily Catheterized in ED
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Emergency department personnel place unnecessary urinary catheters in nearly half of women age 80 or older who present for care, according to a 12-week study from St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.

The report, published in the November issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, raises questions about whether elderly women are being unnecessarily exposed to risk of infection, a known hazard of urinary catheterization.