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Catheters and urinary tract infections: how to reduce the risk

Nurses have a crucial role in catheter management and preventing infections

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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