Evid Based Nurs 11:119 doi:10.1136/ebn.11.4.119
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Automatic stop orders reduced duration of indwelling urinary catheterisation in hospital

M Loeb

Dr M Loeb, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada;


Does a strategy of automatic stop orders reduce duration of indwelling urinary catheterisation in patients in hospital?



randomised controlled trial.




blinded (patients).

Follow-up period:

until catheter removal or discharge from unit.


7 general medical units in 3 hospitals in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.


692 patients in hospital (mean age 79 y, 62% women) with an indwelling urinary catheter inserted for ⩽48 hours. Patients with symptomatic urinary tract infection or an indwelling catheter inserted in the 10 days before hospital admission were excluded.


automatic stop orders to remove the catheter if the patient did not meet any of 6 criteria for appropriate catheterisation (urinary obstruction, …

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