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December 28, 1957

POSTOPERATIVE URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS

JAMA. 1957;165(17):2220. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980350078025

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  Patients returning from hospitals after various types of surgery often have complaints of frequent and painful urination and exhibit pyuria. It is conservative to estimate that such complaints occur in 20% of cases postoperatively. In almost all such instances there is a history of catheterization prior to, during, or after operation, regardless of the site of the surgical procedure. Also, almost uniformly it is found, on questioning the patient, or on obtaining the history from the surgeon, that no urinary antiseptics were prescribed and that, indeed, no urine examinations were made postoperatively. In many instances the patient will state that complaints referable to the urinary tract were verbalized while in hospital but were ascribed to "bladder irritation" and not investigated.Although this situation undoubtedly is well known, it seems worthwhile to make it the subject of a brief communication, because such occurrences are so readily preventable. It

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