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Prophylactic antibiotics in urinary catheterisation to prevent infection
  1. F Garnham, Specialist Registrar in Emergency Medicine,
  2. C Smith, Specialist Registrar in Emergency Medicine,
  3. S Williams, Specialist Registrar in Emergency Medicine
  1. Charing Cross Hospital, London

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    Report by F Garnham, C Smith,Specialist Registrars in Emergency MedicineSearch checked by S Williams, Specialist Registrar in Emergency MedicineCharing Cross Hospital, London

    A short cut review was carried out to establish whether prophylactic antibiotics reduced the incidence of urinary tract infection in patients requiring urinary catheterisation for acute urinary retention. In total, 104 papers were found in Medline, 81 in Embase and 2 in the Cochrane database using the reported searches, of which 1 presented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The authors, date and country of publication, patient group studied, study …

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