A recent study found that over 50% of patients who had been catheterized reported complications from indwelling catheters. This statistical evidence confirms that anecdotal evidence that patients have shared with hospital staff, friends, and family members for years.
A urinary catheter is used to drain the bladder when the body is unable to do so naturally. It consists of a small tube inserted into the body. There are 3 main types of catheters: Indwelling, condom, and intermittent. This study focused on indwelling catheters which are left in the bladder for a period of time.
Catheters are typically used for the following health situations:
Although catheters are often deemed medically necessary, one of the study’s authors warns against using them too often or for too long. “”Our findings underscore the importance of avoiding an indwelling urinary catheter unless it is absolutely necessary and removing it as soon as possible,” said Dr. Sanjay Saint.
The study found increased risk of infection, negative impact on activities of daily living, and other complications such as ongoing pain and discomfort. Learn more about the findings and recommendations for improvement by reading the entire article.