Science Alert: Intermittent catheterization – A multipurpose therapy

Posted by Maria Åberg Håkansson, September 19 2017

At a first glance, assisted urine voiding through catheterization may seem like an unnatural thing. If, however, the evidence surrounding intermittent catheterization (a more technical name for it) is studied, it becomes clear that this is indeed something useful. New research reveals that intermittent catheterization is a central part of many treatment regimens. In this month’s Science Alert we look into some of them.  

Three newly published studies highlight the use of intermittent catheterization in children. The therapy is identified as a central treatment option for urological management of children with spina bifida, but it is also recognized as a suitable and central option in resource-poor settings. In another, more resource-strong setting, evidence in favor of hydrophilic-coated catheters for intermittent use has been found. The evidence suggests that hydrophilic-coated catheters decrease the risk of urinary tract infection (UTI), as compared to non-coated catheters, when used for intermittent catheterization in children with neurogenic bladder. 

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Topics: Science Alert, UTI, CAUTI

Science Alert: Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) – Success Stories

Posted by Maria Åberg Håkansson, August 29 2017

New success stories are being published every month on how to reduce the burden of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI).

The vast majority of studies share successful results from prevention programs and show a significant CAUTI reduction of 9% per year or even higher depending on the method used. The most important part of the solution is to restrict the use of indwelling catheters.

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Topics: Science Alert, catheter associated urinary tract infections, CAUTI

Science Alert: Urinary tract infection (UTI) – Invincible or possible to defeat?

Posted by Maria Åberg Håkansson, June 20 2017

The battle against urinary tract infections (UTIs) is on. UTIs are a heavy burden for many: the healthcare system, society and, not least, the individual.

Recurrent problems are common among people with spinal cord injury and patients suffering from incomplete bladder emptying. The link between catheter use and UTI is also sufficiently strong to be defined by its own term, catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI).

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Topics: Science Alert, UTI, CAUTI

Science Alert: The end of CAUTI = the end of indwelling urinary catheter use?

Posted by Maria Åberg Håkansson, May 17 2017

Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) is the most common healthcare-associated infection and it has major cost implications for health services. It is a highly researched field with several new studies published every month covering prevention strategies and interventions.

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Topics: Catheter, Science Alert, CAUTI

Science Alert: Prevention of CAUTI - Restricted indwelling catheter use

Posted by Maria Åberg Håkansson, February 7 2017

Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) is a hassle and a great contributor to the wide spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Recent research shows that inappropriate use of urethral indwelling catheters in hospitals is one main reason behind CAUTIs.

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Topics: Science Alert, CAUTI