Leaving a urinary catheter (UC) in place without indication has been identified as one of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” by the Society of Hospital Medicine and the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine. On a busy general medical (GM) ward, delays in reassessment of UCs can lead to catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI). Interventions aimed at physicians reduce unnecessary UC use, but empowering nurses to remove UCs through the use of medical directives remains an underused strategy.
Schaeffer, E. M. (2016, November 1). Re: Medical Directive for Urinary Catheter Removal by Nurses on General Medical Wards. The Journal of Urology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.juro.2016.08.058