Journal Article

Stop orders to reduce inappropriate urinary catheterization in hospitalized patients: a randomized controlled trial.

Loeb M, Hunt D, O'Halloran K, et al. Journal of general internal medicine. 2008;23:816-20.

In this randomized trial, automatic "stop orders," whereby urinary catheters were removed after a set period of time unless a clinician ordered otherwise, failed to reduce the incidence of catheter-associated urinary tract infections. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will no longer reimburse hospitals for costs associated with these infections.