Reducing urinary tract infection rates
A urinary tract infection is an infection in the urinary system, which includes the bladder and the kidneys. Germs, like bacteria or yeasts, do not normally live in these areas but if germs are introduced, an infection can occur.
Urinary catheter-associated infections are one of the most common types of infections in both the Intensive Care Unit setting and in the rest of the hospital. At Novant Health, we look for ways to avoid placing a urinary catheter – if it is not medically necessary – as a first way to prevent an infection. When a catheter is needed, we use the Centers for Disease Control-recommended guidelines on how to place the catheter in the safest manner possible using a sterile procedure; we remove the catheter as soon as the patient no longer needs it.
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