Auditing urinary catheter care
Sue Dailly Lead nurse infection prevention and control, Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester
Urinary catheters are the main cause of hospital-acquired urinary tract infections among inpatients. Healthcare staff can reduce the risk of patients developing an infection by ensuring they give evidence-based care and by removing the catheter as soon as it is no longer necessary. An audit conducted in a Hampshire hospital demonstrated there was poor documented evidence that best practice was being carried out. Therefore a urinary catheter assessment and monitoring tool was designed to promote best practice and produce clear evidence that care had been provided.
Nursing Standard. 26, 20, 35-40. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.01.26.20.35.c8884