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Indwelling Catheter Removal Protocols
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The use of indwelling catheter removal protocols (on in-patient units) to decrease the infection rate (UTI) among patients. NAME SCHOOL NAME Introduction In many cases, the use of an indwelling catheter is inevitable, particularly in the older population. Many hospital visits and in-patient stays associated with this group require that the urine be drained from the bladder in this way.
Evidently, with these types of statistics, UTI infections occur at a much higher rate than perhaps they need to, meaning that the prevention of UTI infections in indwelling catheter payments may be easier than previously thought in some cases. Purpose Statement The purpose of this paper is to explore the nursing implications of catheter removal protocols on in-patient units and how this may lead to a decrease in the total number of UTI infections in hospitals across the country. Nursing Implications Robinson et al (2007) suggest that because of the high number of patients with an indwelling catheter who leave with a fully-developed UTI or at least one symptom of a UTI at discharge, the proper use of indwelling catheters should be a priority for clinical staff who wish to reduce the associated rates of morbidity. It was found that the duration of catheter insertion was also a major risk factor in the development of a UTI, and as such this should be a target for reducing the associated morbidity. ...
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