Reducing the risks associated with urinary catheters
Maurice Madeo Deputy director, Infection prevention and control, Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Foundation Trust, Doncaster
Alison J Roodhouse Urology nurse practitioner, Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust, Ashford, Middlesex
The NHS strives to create and promote a safe environment for patient care in which risks are minimised. Urinary catheterisation is a common healthcare procedure but it is an invasive intervention that carries the risk of infection. Evidence-based guidelines have been developed to minimise the risks associated with these devices and to allow healthcare professionals to implement best practice at all times. This article looks at evidence-based guidance and technological innovations aimed at reducing infection risks and improving patient outcomes.
Nursing Standard. 23, 29, 47-55. doi: 10.7748/ns2009.03.23.29.47.c6927Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer review