Preventing FRUTI (Foley Related Urinary Tract Infection) in LTACH - page 3
The biggest was NOT getting catheters out as soon as possible. If the doctor doesn't address it then the nurse should ask if there are any reasons the patient still needs the catheter. If not ask for... Read More
Dec 10, '09 by maggiejrnI applaud troc for being so observant instead of turning a blind eye to what is going on around her. If nurses have seen improper handlimg of catheters for years and apparently not done anything about it means that they are part of the problem. EVERYONE knows foleys in place too long sharply increase the risk of infection. In a perfect society no one would have a catheter and if they did someone would design a completely sterile way to hang the bag but it is not a perfect society and thus any thing that can be done in an effort to eliminate any possible causes of bacteria should be done. Let's say the floor is a fine place to lay the foley bag what does it hurt to put it into a protective barrier? Take a culture of a floor and see what it grows then do the same to an IV pole and I bet you'll find the floor wins hands down for more possible contaminate.Last edit by dianah on Dec 10, '09 : Reason: TOS
Dec 15, '09 by goodneighborThe CDC has published best practice guidelines to prevent CAUTI Cath Acquired UTI that you can look up with those keywords. They do recommend not having the collection bag on the floor, no routine bag changes unless clinically indicated (contaminated), recommend against irrigation, single unit foley and bag tubes, there is continuing research about other issues. Clinical research and scientific method are our best allies. Give it a lookup!
Dec 16, '09 by tcrocThat website sounds interesting, I will check it out. Our instructors are always encouraging us to do research, this looks to me like a good topic for a newbie. Preventing HAIs are always top of my list.
May 31, '11 by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN Moderator