#WeNurses - Thursday 21st June 2018 8pm (GMT Standard Time) Catheter care

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The 18th June marks the start of #CatheterCare Awareness Week – a week that aiming to raise awareness of the risks of CAUTI (catheter-associated UTIs), reduce harm, fight stigma and improve general catheter care. As part of the week #WeNurses in collaboration with the Health Innovation Network (@HINsouthlondon) will be hosting a tweetchat. The tweetchat will be based around the care of Betty and Harold – the video below gives some background information:



The first 30 minutes of the tweetchat will be about Betty:

Betty has recently been discharged from hospital and is being cared for by a district nurse at home. Betty has been sent home with a urethral catheter but she is unsure when it should be removed.  Betty starts to feel unwell and sore but puts it down to the side effects of the operation, she has also noticed her urine is dark and smelly, but Betty does not want to make a fuss. Betty then started to feel very unwell and became pyrexial and she then decided to call an ambulance.  In the emergency department Betty is diagnosed with a catheter associated urinary tract infection and Betty is given some antibiotics and an appointment to have her catheter removed.

The following questions will be asked:

  • How could Betty’s hospital admission have been avoided?
  • When should Betty’s catheter have been removed?
  • What advice should we giveto patients who need to be discharged home with a catheter?

The second 30 minutes of the tweetchat will focus on Harold’s care:

Harold lives in a care home, he has dementia and sometimes is incontinent. Recently Harold was unable to pass urine so he was given a short term urethral catheter. Harold’s catheter was the left in as it made his incontinence much easier to deal with but Harold has recently become unwell and is aggressive, confused and refusing to drink water. Harold is taken to the emergency department and diagnosed with delirium, a catheter associated urinary tract infection and dehydration. Harold is then given another short-term catheter which is removed after a few days after a successful trial without catheter.

The following questions will be asked:

  • How could Harold’s hospital admission have been avoided?
  • How long should a short term urethral catheter be in place for?
  • How can we reduce the riskof catheter associated urinary tract infections?

For further information on #CatheterCare Awareness Week and all of the events taking place please visit the Health Innovation Networks website HERE 

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