After analyzing the results, they said all the participants reported lack of communication delayed the removal of unnecessary catheters. They noted poor relationships between nurses and doctors and the misalignment of workflows were all reasons for miscommunication.
The team also said electronic health records can also cause confusion, because nurses and doctors may have different information or there is a lag in updating charts.
The team said they want doctors and patients to better understand how catheters raise the risk of infection as well as non-infection, such as pain and trauma.
“Any foreign object in the body carries an infection risk, and a catheter can serve as a superhighway for bacteria to enter the bloodstream or body,” said Manojlovich.
Want to learn more about the study? Take a look at the findings at American Journal of Critical Care.