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Preventing CAUTIs

A CPD article enhanced Laura Cardy’s knowledge of catheter-associated urinary tract infections

A CPD article enhanced Laura Cardy’s knowledge of catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

Abstract

I read the CPD article because of my role as a staffnurse on a new acute medical ward for older people. Many patients have a urinary catheter in place, often inserted in the community. The article identified the importance of clear documentation to prevent unnecessary catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), indicating the reason for catheterisation, any complications and when the catheter should be removed.

The article improved my understanding of the risks and complications associated with urinary catheters. It provided useful information on possible portals of entry for infection and encouraged me to consider ways to prevent these occurring in the hospital setting.

Bacterial contamination may occur during insertion of a catheter or collection of urine specimens. Aseptic technique should be adopted for safe urethral catheterisation. Urine specimens left at room temperature for an extended period of time may result in bacterial multiplication that may be mistaken for infection. Therefore, I am going to ensure that specimens are stored appropriately before collection to reduce the incidence of laboratory reports of mixed bacteria growth.

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This reflective account is based on NS818 Gould D (2015) Preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infection. Nursing Standard. 30, 10, 50-59.

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