The association between indwelling urinary catheter use in the elderly and urinary tract infection in acute care

@article{Hazelett2006TheAB,
  title={The association between indwelling urinary catheter use in the elderly and urinary tract infection in acute care},
  author={Susan E Hazelett and Margaret Tsai and Michele Gareri and Kyle R. Allen},
  journal={BMC Geriatrics},
  year={2006},
  volume={6},
  pages={15 - 15}
}
BACKGROUND The use of indwelling urinary catheters (IUCs) is thought to be the most significant risk factor for developing nosocomial urinary tract infections (UTIs). However, it is unclear how many elderly patients have preexisting bacteriuria prior to IUC placement. The purpose of this study was to determine 1) the frequency and appropriateness of IUC use in the Emergency Department (ED) in elderly patients admitted to our acute care hospital, 2) the percentage of elderly patients with an IUC… CONTINUE READING

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