Condom versus indwelling urinary catheters: A randomized trial

  • Saint S
  • Kaufman S
  • Rogers M
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OBJECTIVES: To compare condom and indwelling uri-nary catheters in terms of infection risk and patient satis-faction. DESIGN: A prospective, randomized, unblinded, control-led trial. SETTING: An academically affiliated Veterans Affairs Med-ical Center. PARTICIPANTS: Hospitalized men aged 40 and older who required a urinary collection device. MEASUREMENTS: The incidence of adverse outcomes (bacteriuria, symptomatic urinary tract infection (UTI), or death) and patient device-related satisfaction as determined according to a questionnaire. Dementia status was recorded to assess effect modification by the presence of dementia. RESULTS: Seventy-five subjects were randomized: 41 re-ceiving an indwelling catheter and 34 a condom catheter. The incidence of an adverse outcome was 131/1,000 pa-tient-days with an indwelling catheter and 70/1,000 pa-tient-days with a condom catheter (P 5.07). The median time to an adverse event was 7 days in the indwelling group and 11 days in the condom group. After adjusting for other risk factors, it was found that condom catheter use reduced adverse outcomes (P 5.04). Patients without dementia who had an indwelling catheter were approximately five times as likely to develop bacteriuria or symptomatic UTI or to die (hazard ratio 5 4.84, 95% confidence interval 5 1.46–16.02) as those with a condom catheter (P 5.01). Patients reported that condom catheters were more com-fortable (P 5.02) and less painful (P 5.02) than indwelling catheters. CONCLUSION: The use of condom catheters is less likely to lead to bacteriuria, symptomatic UTI, or death than the use of indwelling catheters. This protection is especially apparent in men without dementia.

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  • Bacteriuria
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Urinary catheter
  • Urinary tract infection

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  • Sanjay Saint

  • Samuel R. Kaufman

  • Mary A.M. Rogers

  • Paul D. Baker

  • Kathleen Ossenkop

  • Benjamin A. Lipsky

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