Catheterization and Reducing Urinary Tract Infections

Catheterization and Urinary tract infection

Prescribing catheterization to those with a neurogenic bladder or urinary tract issue occurs often. When catheterizing, if you do not empty your bladder properly, you can increase your risk of getting a urinary tract infection (UTI). We spoke with Cheryl Hutton, a wound, ostomy and continence nurse (WOCN) with CHC Solutions, Inc., to learn the signs of UTIs and how to reduce them.

Signs of A Urinary Tract Infection

  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Cloudy urine
  • Red tinged urine if blood is present
  • Unpleasant urine odor
  • Fever
  • Low to mid back pain
  • In women, abdominal discomfort or bloating as well as vaginal discharge
  • In men, difficulty passing urine as well as an urgent need to urinate

Signs of a Urinary Tract Infection in Babies and Children

Babies and children can also get UTIs and show signs and symptoms such as having a fever, change in behavior, lethargy, diarrhea and unpleasant urine odor.

Five Ways to Help Reduce Urinary Tract Infections

  1. Firstly, always follow the catheterization procedure as instructed by your physician.
  2. When using catheters, you can try using insertion kits that help maintain a sterile environment.
  3. You can try using a closed system catheter. Its protective tip helps maintain the sterility of the catheter. First, insert the tip. Then the catheter is fed through the tip. This protects the catheter as it passes through the first few millimeters of the urethral opening that contains a high content of bacteria.
  4. You can try using a hydrophilic catheter. This catheter comes pre-lubricated with saline thus allowing it to easily slide in and out of the urethra.
  5. Never reuse your catheters.

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