Toolkit for Reducing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections in Hospital Units: Implementation Guide

Appendix D. Poster on Indications for Urinary Catheters

This poster educates staff on the appropriate indications and nonindications for use of indwelling urinary catheters.

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Does your patient really need that catheter?

Appropriate indications for urinary catheters include:

  • Perioperative use in selected surgeries
  • Acute urinary retention or obstruction
  • Hospice/comfort care/palliative care
  • Accurate measurement of urinary output in critically ill patients
  • Required strict immobilization for trauma or surgery
  • Assistance in healing of severe perineal and sacral wounds in incontinent patients


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Page last reviewed October 2015
Page originally created October 2015
Internet Citation: Appendix D. Poster on Indications for Urinary Catheters. Content last reviewed October 2015. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.