Author Affiliations: Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.
The duration of urinary catheterization is the most important risk factor for catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI).1 Thus, best-practice guidelines recommend both limiting the number of patients who receive a urinary catheter, and promptly removing it when it is no longer indicated in patients who must receive it.2
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