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.
Nursing Standard. 29, 20,43-49. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.20.43.e9273Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer review
Received: 01 July 2014
Accepted: 30 September 2014