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