In this large randomized controlled trial of hospitalized patients, those requiring short term indwelling urinary catheters were randomized to silver-alloy, antibiotic, or control catheter. The rate of symptomatic UTI was 13%, 11%, and 13% respectively, which was not significantly different between the groups. This randomized study does not support the routine use of silver or antibiotic-coated foley catheters for short term use in hospitalized patients (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.