Literature Review of Articles on Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection

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Bernard, M.S., Hunter, K.F., & Moore, K.N. (2012). A review of strategies to decrease the duration of indwelling urethral catheters and potentially reduce the incidence of catheter-associated urinary tract infections. Urologic Nursing 32(1) 1) Summary of Article: A review of literature shows the length of time a catheter remains in the body is directly associated with CAUTI. 2) Research Elements: Methods were to search an electronic database using specific keywords. 3) Outcomes: No specific interventions for CAUTI emerge from the review of literature. Of 53 abstracts that were included in the study, only 9 focused on the duration of catheter use in a causal relationship with CAUTI. 4) Significance: This research shows that there is a gap in the evidence, but that the primary concern for nursing staff is to ensure that catheters are removed as soon as it is possible to do so. Dailly, S. (2011). Prevention of indwelling catheter-associated urinary tract infections." Nursing Older People 23(2). 1) Summary of Article: Indwelling catheter use is common, but so are infections associated with them. About 80 percent of all urinary tract infections in hospitals are caused by catheters, and about 20 percent of all hospital infections total are UTIs. Evidence-based practice should be used for insertion, maintenance, and removal. Catheters should not be left in longer than they need to be. Unfortunately, this research shows poor administrative efforts are to blame for
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