Evid Based Nurs 7:85 doi:10.1136/ebn.7.3.85
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Review: silver alloy catheters are more effective than standard catheters for reducing bacteriuria in adults in hospital having short term catheterisation

 Q In adults admitted to hospital and having short term urinary catheterisation, what is the effect of type of indwelling urethral catheter on the risk of urinary tract infection?


GraphicData sources:

specialised trials registers of the Cochrane Incontinence Group (November 2003) and the Cochrane Renal Group (February 2003), bibliographies of relevant articles, and catheter manufacturers.

GraphicStudy selection and assessment:

randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and quasi-RCTs in any language that compared different types of indwelling urethral catheters of short term duration (⩽14 d or other temporary short term use as defined by trialists) in adults in hospital. Studies were assessed for methodologic quality (eg, allocation concealment, blinding, and loss to follow up).


catheter associated infection; patient reported comfort and satisfaction; physician reported duration of catheter use; quality of life; adverse effects; and …

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