JACK LEVIN, M.D.
The urethral catheter, long recognized as a potentially dangerous instrument (1), has been described both as man's friend (2) and enemy (3). The indications for its use and the potential dangers subsequent thereto have been the subject of heated debate during the past few years.
It has been well established that the urethra does have a flora that can potentially infect the bladder as a result of instrumentation (4-8). Kass and Schneiderman (9) demonstrated that bacteria can enter the bladder via the film of urethral mucous that forms around the catheter. Catheterization is no longer needed to obtain urine cultures,
LEVIN J. The Incidence and Prevention of Infection After Urethral Catheterization. Ann Intern Med. ;60:914–923. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-60-5-914
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(5):914-923.
Infectious Disease, Nephrology.
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