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Foley follies, more unnecessary infections, injuries, pain and abuse

by Jim

Urinary (Foley) catheters are the leading cause of hospital infections. Per studies overuse of Foley catheters is estimated at 21% to 50%. Continued inappropriate use (forgotten Foley) is estimated at 40% to 50% of the time. A Foley catheter is standard for many surgeries that do not need them. A Foley has numerous health and safety hazards, pain and discomfort, etc. About 80% of hospital urinary tract infections are caused by Foley catheters. As high as 30% of male urinary catheter use causes injuries. Foley catheters are not a treatment or cure for incontinence. If you are going in to a hospital take precautions to ensure you are not unnecessarily catheterized. Some caregivers are abusive and not discreet. A Foley can cause moderate to severe distress and embarrassment in some patients. A Foley can be removed without a nurse exposing and touches the patient. The patient can be in the seated position wearing a hospital gown, boxer shorts, etc; the balloon can be deflated by a nurse and the catheter will just come out without exposing or touching a patient. A patient can remove his or her own Foley using a scissors, See video:

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