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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

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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?


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

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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 …

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  • For correspondence: Ms J Brosnahan, Southern Cross Hospitals, Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Source of funding: New Zealand Guidelines Group.