Thursday, 13 March 2014

Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection - C.A.U.T.I.

I know, the title hardly rolls off your tongue, but there is a serious point to it.

For many people passing urine is difficult and they use a catheter to help manage this.  Sometimes that may be for just a short time or in some cases using a catheter may be a lifelong option.

Unfortunately using a catheter does bring with it an increased risk of urinary tract infection.  This can be uncomfortable, painful and debilitating.

NHS Lothian aims to reduce the incidence of infection by 25% over the course of the year.

Social Care Alba is representing Care at Home providers to find ways to make the project a success.  The project is collaborative and includes:

  • Service Users
  • Family and Friends
  • Carers and Providers
  • G.P
  • Hospital Teams
  • District Nurses

A series of initiatives will be rolled out over the coming year including:

  • A best practice statement
  • Training
  • Catheter Passport
  • Audit tool

More research material on C.A.U.T.I. can be found here RESEARCH PAPER