Appropriateness of use of indwelling urinary catheters in patients admitted to the medical service

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2001 Oct;22(10):647-9. doi: 10.1086/501837.


Of 836 medical admissions evaluated over a 1-month period, 89 (10.7%) had a urinary catheter placed within 24 hours; 34 placements (38%) had no justifiable indication. Risk for inappropriate catheterization was independent of age, gender, functional status, and mental status at admission. Preventive measures should focus on increasing awareness among healthcare providers.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Catheters, Indwelling / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Hospitals, Community
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Michigan
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Admission*
  • Unnecessary Procedures*
  • Urinary Catheterization / instrumentation*