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Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is the term used for an infection of the urinary system. UTIs are one of the most common bacterial infections occurring in residents of nursing homes and long term care facilities. Most infections in women are caused by bacteria from the bowel. In men, most are the result of problems that restrict normal urine flow, such as an enlarged prostate.
Many patients will show one or more symptoms of the infection, with the diagnosis confirmed though urinalysis. This test can show the presence of bacteria or yeast in the urine, which is normally sterile.
There are several preventative measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of patients developing a UTI:
Preventative measures when a catheter is in use include:
CDC, Urinary Tract Infection Protocol: https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/pdfs/ltc/ltcf-uti-protocol-current.pdf
Practice good hand hygiene to avoid the spread of germs.
A quick diagnosis through urine analysis can support effective treatment and help avoid further complications.
Proactively practice antimicrobial stewardship to reduce readmission rates associated with UTIs.