#WeNurses - Thursday 15th June 2017 8pm (GMT Standard Time) Catheter Care

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This chat is guest hosted by @HINSouthLondon

A substantial proportion of catheter use is not justi?ed by clinical need, and long-term catheterisation carries the risk of catheter associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) and other complications (haemorrhage, blockage, and trauma). CAUTIs have a devastating impact on patients, particularly older people, causing recurrent attendance to Emergency Department, prolonged hospitalisation, re-admissions and increased mortality. Despite the clear risks, catheters remain a taboo subject with patients, carers and the wider public. This silence and stigma around the issue, particularly for older people, inhibits awareness of catheter care. We want to enhance healthcare professionals’ knowledge around catheter care and to empower patients to talk about their catheters.

Question 1: What is your experience of catheter care at your place of work?

Question 2: Do you have examples of good practice around catheter care in your place of work?

Question 3: Do you have challenges around catheter care in your place of work?

Question 4: Do you have suggestions for ways of overcoming the barriers associated with the stigma around catheter care?

Question 5: What can we do to increase awareness of catheter care with patients and healthcare professionals?


The Health Innovation Network (HIN) is holding Catheter Care Awareness Week from 19-23 June to raise awareness around this important issue. Join the conversation and help us get catheters on the map! #CatheterCare

About our guest hosts

The Health Innovation Network’s Patient Safety team has been running a catheter care collaborative since June 2015. To coincide with World Continence Week, they are running Catheter Care Awareness Week, a campaign aimed at increasing awareness about urinary catheters. We have a wide range of clinicians from across southLondon who will be taking part in our Tweetchat.

Dr. Adrian Hopper: Clinical Director – Patient Safety Collaborative, Health Innovation Network and Deputy Medical Director, Guy’s & St. Thomas’ NHS FoundationTrust

Dr. Hopper is a Consultant Geriatrician at Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust where he is

currently Deputy Medical Director for Patient Safety and Quality Improvement. He is also Clinical Director for Patient Safety at the Health Innovation Network South London and lead for the Medicine Clinical Academic Group for KHP. He was part of a small team that developed the AMBER care bundle and an acute care frailty checklist (Frail safe) and has supported the national roll out of these interventions. He is currently leading the South London breakthrough collaborative for catheter care.

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