Unfortunately, it is all too common for skilled nursing facilities and hospitals to use indwelling urinary catheters to manage urinary incontinence. However, indwelling urinary catheters are the most common source of bacteremia. In fact, the federal Health Care Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HCICPAC) recommends minimizing urinary catheter use and duration of use in all patients.
The most common reason for nursing homes to use indwelling urinary catheters is to manage urinary incontinence. Why? Because these facilities understaff their building and staff will need to respond to call lights and assist residents to use the restroom if catheters are not used, all of which requires staff time. And if a facility is staffing at low levels (shortstaffed), a way to minimize hiring more staff is to take short cuts, such as the use of indwelling catheters.
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