Urinary Catheters after Total Joint Replacement Surgery

Daniel M. Musher, James Michelson

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Abstract

To the Editor: Michelson et al. (Aug. 11 issue)1 reported that the short-term use of an indwelling catheter caused no more infection than did intermittent bladder catheterization as needed for acute retention in the day or two after joint-replacement surgery. Unless I missed it, an important omission from this article was specific reference to the dose and duration of perioperative antibiotic therapy. I suspect that all the patients received an antibiotic, probably a cephalosporin and probably one with a long half-life. If, in fact, prophylaxis was continued for 24 hours (which is often the case), this treatment would have had.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Volume319
Issue number24
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 15 1988

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