” A  finger or tube in every orifice” – Old School emergency medicine motto In my humble opinion foley catheters are the work of the devil.  Yes I know that in the right circumstances they are important in the care of patients and are a god send to those in acute urinary retention. Trust me I know (See The Day I Almost Died…).  But everyone also knows many are placed for reasons that do not obviously benefit the patient. (perhaps up to half of those placed). And to boot they cause infections.  Nasty multi-drug resistant infections. Close to 2,000 to 9,000 deaths per year are attributed to CAUTI (catheter associated urinary tract infections). And, of course, there is a financial cost.  Estimates are $400M in 2007…