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February 28, 1972

Urinary Care Unit (UCU)

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Winnitopeg, Canada

JAMA. 1972;219(9):1216. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03190350052028

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To the Editor.—  There is much ado about coronary care units. No one would dispute their life-saving potential. But, the wide publicity accorded these establishments tends to obscure other less dramatic developments in the realm of public-health-care-and-comfort-delivery, such as the urinary care units (UCU), which have been in operation in our town for well over a year. We have set up these units at strategic corners of our business district and in a few suburban shopping centers. Not to be confused with the Parisian kiosk or the traditional Calcutta "catheter clinic," nor with "rest" rooms wherein neither the elderly victim of prostatism nor the young sufferer from stricture finds rest, the urinary care unit provides comfort, first aid, and psychotherapy. The units are well equipped with catheters, sounds, and dilators, and are staffed with competent nurses well trained in providing immediate relief, comfort, and psychiatric reassurance.A modest fee of