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heartSt. Luke's Boise / Meridian Medical Centers
Percent of Surgery Patients whose urinary catheters were removed on the first or second day after surgery.

Sometimes surgical patients need to have a urinary catheter, or thin tube, inserted into their bladder to help drain the urine. Catheters are usually attached to a bag that collects the urine.

Surgery patients can develop infections when urinary catheters are left in place too long after surgery. Infections are dangerous for patients, cause longer hospital stays, and increase costs.

Research shows that most surgery patients should have their urinary catheters removed within 2 days after surgery to help prevent infection.

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