Half of Elderly Women Unnecessarily Catheterized in ED
At St. John, a 769-bed hospital with 100,000 emergency department visits a year, Fakih wrote, institutional guidelines for UC utilization in the ED were recently established, and have been associated with a reduction in inappropriate catheterization in the ED. "However, our data show that approximately 30% of the UCs placed still lacked compliance at more than one year after implementation of the institutional guidelines," they wrote.
They emphasized that because compliance with UC placement criteria is low, "an evidence-based approach for UC placement and management is needed. Physician and nurse 'buy-in' is another essential factor for compliance with the guidelines."
Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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