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Short term catheterisation after vaginal prolapse surgery increased recatheterisations, but reduced urinary tract infections, duration of catheterisation, and hospital stay

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Q Is short term catheterisation more beneficial than standard, prolonged catheterisation after vaginal prolapse surgery?


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randomised controlled trial.

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unclear allocation concealment.

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to the end of hospital stay.

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a large hospital in the Netherlands.

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100 women who were having anterior colporrhaphy. Patients with signs of a preoperative urinary tract infection (UTI) were excluded.

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all patients had a transurethral Foley catheter (Charrière 14) inserted in the operating suite immediately after surgery. 50 patients were allocated to short term catheterisation (catheter removal on the morning after …

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  • For correspondence: Dr M H Emanuel, Spaarne Hospital, Haarlem, The Netherlands.

  • Source of funding: not stated.