Reducing urinary tract infections in catheterised patients
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Reducing urinary tract infections in catheterised patients

Pam Howe Lead nurse infection prevention and control, Kettering General Hospital, Kettering, Northamptonshire, England
John Adams Temporary lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University, Peterborough, England

Urinary tract infections in catheterised patients continue to present a challenge in reducing healthcare-associated infection. In this article, an infection prevention and control team in one NHS trust reports on using audit results to focus attention on measures to reduce bacterial infections. Educational initiatives have an important role in reducing infection, but there is no single solution to the problem. Practice can be improved using a multi-targeted approach, peer review and clinical audit to allow for shared learning and experiences. These, along with informal education in the clinical area and more formal classroom lectures, can ultimately lead to improved patient outcomes.

Correspondence howe.pam@outlook.com

Nursing Standard. 29, 20,43-49. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.20.43.e9273

Received: 01 July 2014

Accepted: 30 September 2014

Published in print: 14 January 2015

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review