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Caregivers Guide to UTIs

Caregivers Guide to UTIs, A New Era of Training

A Caregivers Guide To UTIs” can be loosely translated into the new guidelines introduced by The Infectious Diseases Society of America, which was updated in 2009. This guide lays out the protocols, systems, and training needed to be undertaken by health care centers and staff to meet the new standards being set in the fight against urinary tract infections.

With caregivers having to deal with patients who have UTIs on an ever increasing scale, a need within the industry has arisen to not only effectively implement strategies monitoring patients who are deemed to be at risk of contracting urinary tract infections, but also to go beyond this and seek a more comprehensive solution in dealing with the root cause of UTIs, CAUTIs (catheter associated urinary tract infections), and other hospital acquired infections. In the case of CAUTIs, this means taking a fresh look for solutions surrounding the design of the traditional indwelling catheter in an attempt to cut down on urinary tract infections.

With urinary tract infections being named as one of the most common infections in hospitals, especially when it comes to catheter infections  or “CAUTIs”, there has been renewed interest in the prevention of this infection that is estimated to cause 40% of all hospital contracted infections in an acute care setting. Prevention is now a priority among health care professionals in order to reduce hospital readmission rates due to catheter related infections.

The reason for this scramble for information and systems on how to curb infection rates is widely regarded to be because of changes in policy for the way the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services now pay redress to hospitals, denying compensation for a wide range of HAIs (hospital associated infections) including UTIs and CAUTIs and with the average UTI/CAUTI infection costing between $600 to more than $2800 per patient. Most hospitals have now put in place best practices in order to reduce the amount of cases and costs hospitals and health care centers are now liable to pay personally.

In 2009, The Infectious Diseases Society of America updated its guidelines on how health professionals should deal with CAUTI and mainly centered their recommendations around restricting catheterization to only those who absolutely need it, along with reducing the amount of time the patient uses the catheter. A report by Saint Et Al in 2005 discovered that the systems simply just weren't in place to deal with the level of monitoring required to achieve effective results with less than 25% of hospitals even having a system to indicate the level of patients catheterized. This now has greatly improved and is having a positive impact. Regarding caregivers and healthcare workers, more extensive hygiene training has been implemented to maintain a higher standard of care.

Although much of the emphasis has been on training staff on the best practices for CAUTI in order to deal with the fallout traditional Foley catheters cause, at Poiesis Medical, we believe we can go further than what hospital best practices can achieve. We do this by producing a solution orientated urinary catheter that has shown to limit a lot of the trauma causing side effects of a Foley catheter. Our Duette™ dual balloon urinary drainage system works much more effectively to maintain the body's own defensive barriers in the bladder, therefore allowing the body to more adequately fight infections and bacterium. This type of less invasive indwelling catheter provides another string to the bow in producing a well rounded systematic change in the way we deal with catheter related infections. There have been great leaps forward in the way we monitor and react to the warning signs of UTIs in a healthcare environment. There is however, still a long way to go and we believe that the Duette™ dual balloon urinary drainage system is the next quantum leap in the evolution to refine this process.

To get more information on the Duette™ please visit our homepage www.poiesismedical.com, or you can call us at +1 877 4875740

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