Surgery Patients Urinary Catheter is Removed 1 to 2 Days Following Surgery

It is well-established that the risk of catheter-associated urinary tract infection (UTI) increases with increasing duration of indwelling urinary catheterization. Among surgical patients, two studies of postoperative patients discharged to subacute care with urinary catheters were more likely to be readmitted to the hospital with a UTI compared with those who had catheters removed prior to hospital discharges (Wald, 2005 and Wald, 2008).

The chart below shows the percentage of UMMC patients whose urinary catheters were removed within one or two days following surgery to help prevent UTIs as compared to the national average.

Graph of Surgical Care Improvement Project: Surgery Patient's Urinary Catheter is Removed 1-2 Days Following Surgery

Source: The Joint Commission

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