A team of researchers led by Dr. Sanjay Saint, at the Center for Practice Management and Outcomes Research, Ann Arbor Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, declared that the external condom-like urinary catheters are less prone to complications than the internal ones. Catheters are a major cause of urinary tract infections that patients get while being treated. The use of external catheters will reduce the risk. Working with patients at the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, the researchers sought volunteers who would agree to be randomly given either standard or condom-like catheters. The researchers monitored infection rates for more than three years and surveyed the patients about their comfort with the catheters. But, the researchers said, The standard catheter is preferred in certain situations: when the urinary tract is obstructed or when doctors need to monitor urine output, for example. This would really be a news of relief for the men who has ever had to have a urinary catheter.You can read the complete article at the International Herald Tribune.