4 factors linked to catheter removal in pediatric ICUs

A study published in American Journal of Infection Control details the determinants of urinary catheter removal in pediatric intensive care unit patients.

Researchers conducted a cross-sectional survey of 171 physicians and nurses at two tertiary PICUs in Montreal, Canada. The survey included questions and three clinical scenarios. Of the 171 physicians and nurses, 131 responded to the survey. The researchers used descriptive statistics and multivariate multinomial regression to analyze the results.

Here are four factors associated with urinary catheter removal:

• Recent extubation
• Superficial sedation level
• Fever
• History of previous urinary tract infections

Additionally, the survey shows physicians were more likely to remove urinary catheters than nurses in all scenarios.

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