Published on March 20, 2014
5 Ways To Help Reduce UTI Infections For Catheter Users 180 Medical
Urinary Tract Infections Ranked as the second most common body infection, UTI’s affect millions of people every year.
Urinary Tract Infections Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) are the most common nosocomial infection.
Stay Healthy, Stay Independent 180 Medical complied the following 5 tips to help you reduce or even eliminate your UTI’s
DON’T REUSE CATHETERS • The FDA guidelines that all urinary catheters are to be considered single-use only devices. • While washing and reusing catheters may work for some, studies show that using a urinary catheter one time and disposing of it can reduce urinary tract infections.
HYDROPHILIC CATHETERS MAY HELP REDUCE INFECTION • Hydrophilic catheters have a surface that stays smooth and slippery. • They help you avoid discomfort and infection by reducing friction and trauma to the urethra. • Hydrophilic catheters pre-lubricated coating help avoid risk for contamination by touching.
USE A CATHETER WITH AN INTRODUCER TIP, SUCH AS A CLOSED SYSTEM CATHETER • Most closed systems have an added safety feature called an introducer or insertion tip that allows the catheter to bypass the highest concentrations of bacteria rather than pushing that bacteria further into the urethra during insertion.
LEARN THE CORRECT WAY TO CATHETERIZE • Learning how to catheterize correctly can help you avoid irritation and infections that can occur when an incorrect technique is performed. • 180 Medical offers educational material such as a How to Catheterize DVD to help you on how to properly use your catheter supplies.
USE INSERTION SUPPLIES • Insertion supplies are conveniently packaged alongside the urinary catheter in most closed system kits, many hydrophilic catheters, and some intermittent catheters to help create a sterile environment. • Using these insertion supplies during catheterization can help reduce infections.
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