[Recurrent and catheter-associated urinary tract infections : Prophylaxis and prevention]

Urinay tract infection (UTI) as one of the most frequent bacterial infections in humans is of utmost relevance. Because of the rising prevalence of antimicrobial resistance, urinalysis should always include urine culture and a resistogram in order to avoid an unspecific selection and overuse of antibiotics. Prevention of recurrent UTI must first of all rule out predisposing uropathogenic conditions. Nowadays, a great variety of drugs, behavioral, and supportive treatment options can effectively minimize UTI recurrence. The growing importance of vaccines (immunotherapy), probiotics (lactobacilli), and standardized herbal preparations meets the need of reducing antibiotic use and the development of antimicrobial resistance. Around 80% of all nosocomial UTIs (nUTIs) are associated with indwelling urinary catheters. It is estimated that up to 70% of all nUTIs occurring in Germany may be avoided by using appropriate preventative measures. Therefore, profound knowledge about the basics of catheter-associated nUTIs and the correct management of urinary catheters are of utmost individual and socioeconomic importance.

Der Urologe. Ausg. A. 2017 Apr 19 [Epub ahead of print]

H Piechota

Klinik für Urologie, Kinderurologie und Operative Uro-Onkologie, Johannes Wesling-Klinikum Minden, Universitätsklinikum der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Hans Nolte Str. 1, 32429, Minden, Deutschland. .

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