Pilot Study of Avoidance of Bladder Catheters in Stroke Patients to Avoid Urinary Tract Infections


Phase 2 Results N/A

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

- Adults aged ≥18
- Admission to the neurovascular service at UCSF (from the ED or from an outside hospital)
- Diagnosis of acute stroke or intracerebral hemorrhage

Exclusion Criteria

- Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) <9
- Need for intubation or sedation
- An active medical problem requiring the use of a bladder catheter (e.g., congestive heart failure exacerbation, acute bladder outlet obstruction)
- Subarachnoid hemorrhage
- Patients who are asymptomatic or have minimal symptoms from stroke
- Bladder catheter already in place for >12 hours
- Contraindication for bladder catheterization
- Evidence of UTI on admission