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Understanding Urinary Tract Infections

Understanding Urinary Tract Infections

Understanding Urinary Tract Infections

Georgina Casey
Georgina Casey
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Launch date: 30 Nov 2017
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Last updated: 21 May 2019

Reference: 185465

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What causes urinary tract infections (UTI)? Who is most at risk? How do we best manage UTI? When should bacteriuria be treated? Why do people with urinary catheters have greater risk of UTI and how does our nursing practice affect this?
UTI are symptomatic inflammatory conditions of the lower urinary tract including the bladder (cystitis) or upper tract including the kidneys (acute pyelonephritis), caused by infectious organisms. These are one of the most commonly occurring bacterial infections in both the community and health care settings.
Uncomplicated, infrequent lower tract UTIs carry little risk of long-term harm but are associated with considerable discomfort including dysuria, frequency and urgency.
Complicated infections may devolve into a bacteraemia with septic shock. A significant proportion of the population experience recurrent UTIs, but why this occurs is poorly understood. The presence of an indwelling urinary catheter (IDUC) for longer than 4 days is associated with high risk of UTI. Complicating this picture if the high incidence of asymptomatic bacteriuria in persons with long term IDUCs and in older adults.

Effective and appropriate strategies for the prevention and management of UTI are becoming incresingly important as more and more of the causative organisms develop antibiotic resistance. Nurses working in acute and long-term care, and in the community play an essential role in identifying UTI, implementing treatment, and preventing recurrence. Careful management of IDUC during insertion and use can help to reduce the risk of this most common of hospital-acquired infections.

Objectives

On completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
1. Describe normal bladder defences against infection and the mechanisms used by invading pathogens to overcome these.

2. Outline risk factors associated with the development of urinary tract infections.

3. Discuss management strategies for prevention and treatment of urinary tract infection.

4. Differentiate between urinary tract infection and asymptomatic bacteriuria and appropriate management of these.
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Georgina Casey
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