The brochure entitled, “What Patients and Family Members Need to Know About the Risks Associated with Urinary Catheters” can be very helpful in situations where there are frequent patient or family requests for a urinary catheter without an appropriate indication. Educating patients and their family members about the importance of urinary catheter risks can be an important way to reduce the unnecessary use of urinary catheters. The brochure was authored by: Christine Kowalski, MPH, Mohamad Fakih, MD, MPH, Sarah Krein, PhD, RN, Russ Olmsted, MPH, CIC, and Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH. (The file is in Microsoft Word format to allow local sites to add names of their own staff as desired.)
The one page sheet entitled, “FAQs about Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections,” provides patients with a good overview of urinary catheters as well as catheter-associated urinary tract infections and how patients can safely care for their urinary catheter. This sheet is distributed by SHEA, et. al. and is also available online.