Catheters and urinary tract infections: how to reduce the risk
Nurses have a crucial role in catheter management and preventing infections
- More than one in ten NHS patients in England have a catheter, putting them at risk of developing a urinary tract infection (UTI)
- UTIs are the most common healthcare-acquired infection, accounting for nearly one in five cases
- Catheters should be used as little as possible, and for as little time as possible, along with effective communication between healthcare professionals
More than one in ten (13%) NHS patients in England have a catheter, research suggests.
They are used the most in hospital and hospice settings with 19% and 24% respective patients undergoing catheterisation, compared with 7% of patients in
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