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Practice of urinary catheterization and knowledge in junior staff: a quality control study

Authors Cheema MR, Shuaib, Barrett J

Received 26 August 2011

Accepted for publication 2 November 2011

Published 31 July 2012 Volume 2012:4 Pages 15—20


Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Muhammad R Cheema, FR Shuaib, JA Barrett

Wirral University Teaching Hospital, Wirral, UK

Abstract: Our study was conducted in the inpatient setting of Department of Elderly Medicine. A high percentage of indwelling catheters at discharge had been observed. Our study aimed to ascertain whether these catheters were being placed for appropriate indications. Catheter placement is performed by junior doctors and nurses in the ward, therefore their knowledge of guidelines regarding indications, procedure, and documentation for catheterization and its complications was deemed to be a vital factor in determining the incidence of long-term catheter placement. A questionnaire was administered to carry out a cross-sectional survey of normal practice and opinion regarding long-term catheter placement.

Keywords: catheter, catheterization, indications

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