The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality issued in April its annual quality report including data on rates of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) in adult hospital patients tracked in the report. Five specific HAIs are tracked because of their high incidence and high costs, one of which is postoperative catheter-associated urinary tract infections (UTIs). The five are also targeted because they stem from categories housing "Never Events" because they never should happen in the course of a normal hospital stay when care meets established standards and protocols.
The term "Never Event" was first introduced in 2001 by the National Quality Forum (NQF), in reference to particularly shocking medical errors (such as wrong-site surgery) that should never occur. The NQF initially defined 28 such events in 2002. Four years later, the NQF revised and expanded the list. Over time, the list has been expanded to signify adverse events that are unambiguous (cle...
I am not a doctor or health care professional, but I want to share my personal experience with UTI's in hopes of helping others. This is a “for women” post, as it definitely does not apply to the male segment of our population.
The year before I was diagnosed with RA, I spent a lot of time an my PCP's office. I was battling sinus infections, asthma and recurrent UTI's. The most concerning by far was the repeated urinary tract infections, because the bacteria had become resistant to Cipro.
Approximately every six weeks, I would get a rather frantic call from my PCP's nurse telling me I needed to come to her office immediately for a shot of antibiotic. I had to have a shot every day for three days. The shot was some sort of strong antibiotic that cannot be taken in pill form and can be toxic.
Finally, my PCP became weary of battling my UTI's and sent me to a Urologist. The urologist did a cystoscopic exam of my bladder. You haven't fully lived until yo...
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