Urinary Catheters And Nursing Interventions

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Evidence for Catheter Removal in Regards to Reducing Catheter-Associated Infection Victoria Emery, Meagan Simpson, Victoria Sieverding, Jennifer Teets, and Olivia Skare University of Iowa Evidence for Catheter Removal in Regards to Reducing Catheter-Associated Infection For this project we chose to investigate the topic of urinary catheters and nursing interventions that can be used to help lower infections contracted through the use of catheters in a hospital setting. This is an important topic to learn more about because catheter-associated infections due to unnecessary catheter use is an ongoing problem that occurs in hospitals today. According to one study “approximately one quarter of patients admitted to hospitals have indwelling urinary catheters inserted”, with 30-50% of these catheters being inserted for inappropriate reasons (Loeb et al., 2008, p. 816). If we acquire knowledge now about how to prevent these infections, which develop in “up to 50% of patient who have a catheter inserted for 5 days or more” (Loeb et al., 2008, p. 816), then we can maybe help end them entirely in the future. Stopping catheter-associated infections will greatly improve patient outcomes by not adding more trauma and ultimately reducing the length of hospital stays. Nursing is all about patient-centered care and if we can improve that by helping reduce these infections, then that’s reason enough to dig
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