In hospitalized seniors, there is an increase in incidence of urinary tract infections caused by a foley catheter.
A statistical analysis has shown that approximately 25% of patients admitted to hospital and 10% of residents of nursing homes will need urinary catheters. CAUTIs currently affect 75% of the 25% older adults. Additionally, CAUTIs will affect 50% to 10% of senior residents in senior care homes. UTIs account for 40% of hospital-acquired infection. (CDC, 2019)
UroShield reduces CAUTIs while the EHR system does.
EHRs reduce hospital-acquired infection and CAUTIs the easiest way. This system uses an aphysical approach, providing notification that dictates when the catheter should be pulled (Elkbuli (2018)
It is a good approach as it lowers patient CAUTIs. An alert system activates the EHR and transmits a 2-phased alarm. By removing the catheter immediately after the first alarm occurs, the nurses reduce the possibility of infection.
UroShield technology aids in decreasing the rate of infections. This technology prevents the formation of biofilm and bacteria colonization on the catheter. UroShield utilizes ultrasonic technology, which transmits at low frequencies of up to 90 kHz over the catheter (Da Silva. 2021). This type of technology keeps germs away from the catheter.
4. UroShield is compatible with all sizes of catheters and can also be replaced by patients on their own.
But not all hospitals are using the CAUTI prevention technology.
Can the Uroshield tech reduce the number of CAUTis among elderly hospitalized patients?
To avoid CAUTI nurses need to continue to improve evidence-based clinical care. A nurse can continue to help patients improve their quality of life, and increase understanding of CAUTI prevention. It is the responsibility of the nurse to prevent the inappropriate use of catheters in acute situations. Next, nurses should promptly take out the catheters. Then the nurse must place the urine catheter on patient. Jean Watson’s Philosophy and Philosophy of Transpersonal Caring (Watson), 1997. It focuses on nurses’ role in patient care and the evolution of nursing care in improving patients’ health and wellbeing to prevent and then reverse illnesses like CAUTIs.