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Bundles

Care Bundles for preventing catheter associated urinary tract infections in acute and community settings

Indwelling urinary catheters are commonly used invasive medical devices within acute and non-acute settings in NHSScotland. They increase the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) by:

  • enabling organisms to gain entry to the bladder - via external surface or opened connection
  • reducing the body's defence of flushing out organisms during mictuition
  • facilitating biofilm formation.

HPS have undertaken a review of literature on preventing catheter associated urinary tract infections and produced key recommendations and care bundles. These care bundles can be used to optimise the care of patients who require urinary catheterisation and to ensure that urinary catheters are changed and maintained appropriately.

Acute settings

Link to Care Bundle for preventing catheter associated urinary tract infections in acute settings.

Community settings

Link to Care Bundle for preventing catheter associated urinary tract infections in community settings.