Urinary Tract Infections – a Troublesome Issue

Urinary tract infection is a troublesome issue that can have a very negative impact on quality of life for many patients. It can also lead to kidney damage and sepsis, a life-threatening condition.

Urethral catheterisation is one of the risk factors for UTI. Sensitive patient groups need antibiotic treatment early when receiving a UTI to avoid further complications, at the same time we have an increasing threat of antibiotic resistance and 1 out of 4 health care-associated infections (all types of infections) are caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria.

You will learn about:

  • The stages of UTI development
  • New research considerations for urinary health and disease, where the discovery of the urinary microbiota has challenged the traditionally held view of urine sterility
  • Recent approaches and discussion around UTI management and prevention. Patients with constipation have a higher risk of developing a UTI and alternative methods to treat the UTIs in the future without the need for antibiotics
  • Whether prophylactic methods work  to prevent UTIs, and contradictions in the literature
  • How intermittent catheterisation is the best bladder management for UTI prevention as compared to indwelling catheters, which are associated with a higher risk of more potent and biofilm-forming bacteria