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Preventing CAUTIs

A CPD article improved Lucy Ward’s knowledge of catheter-associated urinary tract infections
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A CPD article improved Lucy Ward’s knowledge of catheter-associated urinary tract infections

What was the nature of the CPD activity, practice-related feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice?

The article discussed the symptoms of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), the risks associated with catheter use and how to manage catheters safely.

What did you learn from the CPD activity, feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice?

The CPD article explained that the main risk factor for developing a urinary tract infection is having a urethral catheter in situ, because this interferes with the natural flushing action of urine that eliminates bacteria from a healthy bladder.

The article discussed the patient risks associated with long-term catheterisation, such as encrustation, blockage, leakage, pain and discomfort. By monitoring the pH of patients with long-term catheters, it is possible to identify those with unusually

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