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Preventing CAUTIs

A CPD article improved Rebecca Keown’s knowledge of catheter-associated urinary tract infections
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A CPD article improved Rebecca Keown’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 CPD article discussed the symptoms of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), the risks involved 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?

Reading the article has helped me to understand that CAUTIs are a common problem in hospital and community settings. I have learned that the bladder has few defences against infection. The most important mechanism it has is the flushing action that occurs when voiding urine, which eliminates bacteria. Having a urethral catheter in situ increases the risk of developing a CAUTI because

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