Somehow this didn’t surprise me

Somehow this didn’t surprise me

From MedPage Today:

Older patients at some hospitals are being given urinary catheters for support staffers’ convenience rather for any medically necessary indication…

Nearly one in four older hospitalized patients received a urinary catheter without any medical reason for one, and these patients tended to be the ones who would need the most help going to the bathroom if left un-catheterized, said Seth Landefeld, M.D., of the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center…

I would have been shocked if they found something different. Bring your own nurse or relative when you go to the hospital. If you can’t afford to do so, consider going into debt.

The study was published in the Journal of Patient Safety.

May 24, 2006

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