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
- Hospital Teams
- District Nurses
A series of initiatives will be rolled out over the coming year including:
- A best practice statement
- Catheter Passport
- Audit tool