How Foley Catheters Have Become The Most Frequently Used Implantable Medical Device

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Over the past several years, Foley catheters have become the most frequently used implantable medical device (Stickler, 2014). A Foley catheter is simply an indwelling urinary catheter. These catheters are necessary for a broad variety of conditions including, patients with acute urinary retention or bladder outlet obstruction, patients undergoing surgical repair of the genitourinary tract, critically ill patients requiring frequent and urgent measurements of urinary output, incontinent patients whom require healing of open sacral or perineal wounds, patients needing comfort for end of life care, or patients with unstable structural injuries that may be compromised (i.e., unstable thoracic or lumbar spine, multiple traumatic injuries such as pelvic fractures) (Kachare et al., 2014). Unfortunately, in addition to being the most frequently used implantable medical device, Foley catheters have also become the most common source of nosocomial infections (Stickler, 2014). In fact, catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) account for two-thirds of all hospital-acquired conditions and are associated with increased costs from direct medical costs, length of stay, and morbidity and mortality (Kachare et al., 2014).
During my clinical rotation at Mesa Hills Specialty Hospital, I observed that the dates of Foley catheter placements were annotated and highlighted on an assignment list that every nurse received. This measure ensured that each nurse could immediately know the…

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