Use of catheter maintenance solutions by community nursing staff: an assessment.

This article discusses catheter maintenance solutions, the way they are supposed to be used and the way they actually are being used in primary and community care in the UK. It discusses the knowledge that community nursing staff have regarding these solutions and the need for further education. Appropriate assessment from a suitably trained individual is recommended, resulting in both usage and cost being dramatically decreased, offering more appropriate management and the likelihood of decreasing the incidence of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). The literature surrounding catheter maintenance solutions is investigated, and the lack of available evidence is highlighted. Preliminary research exploring primary and community care nurses' knowledge of catheter maintenance solutions is also discussed.

British journal of community nursing. 2020 Feb 02 [Epub]

Kelly Thomas

Community Continence Specialist Nurse, Swansea Bay University Health Board.