Archive August 2009 X, No. 8

How to Avoid Unnecessary Catheterizations

Wouldn't it be nice to know whether catheterization was truly needed?

Dan O'Connor, Editor-in-Chief

Pity the poor patient who can't pee after surgery. "You're going to put what … where?" his eyes scream as the nurse approaches carrying the red rubber catheter kit. What comes next is an invasive procedure that brings with it many adverse effects: anxiety, discomfort, risk of infection, increased costs, 30 minutes of a nurse's time and delayed discharge. In many cases, you can avoid them all.

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