More than 90 000 of the UK adult population are estimated to have a urinary catheter, with 24% likely to develop symptoms of catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI). The consequences of having a CAUTI are reduced quality of life, risk of hospitalisation and increased mortality. The authors undertook a literature review of primary research studies to identify how nurses could support patients to maintain effective catheter care to reduce the risk of CAUTI. Four themes emerged: education, knowledge, empowerment and communication. The authors therefore conclude that consistent knowledge, clear communication and treating patients as partners in the decision-making process can help build trust and allow empower patients. This will enable patients to make safe and healthy decisions about their catheter, particularly with regard to personal hygiene and optimal fluid intake, to reducing the risk of CAUTI.
British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing). 2019 May 09 [Epub]
Anna Waskiewicz, Obrey Alexis, Deborah Cross
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, Swindon., Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, Swindon., Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences, University of West England, Bristol.