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...
For people with Alzheimer's disease, urinary tract infections (UTIs) can present particular difficulties. Later stage Alzheimer's disease is associated with increased difficulties in communication. Therefore, someone with a UTI, might be experiencing pain and discomfort yet be unable to articulate this. However, sudden changes in behavior, such as aggression , anxiety, violence, may be an indication that something is physically wrong. People with Alzheimer's get sick too, but far too often, their change in behavior is attributed to dementia rather than from a physical cause.
Urinary tract infections are more common in older people, people who are bedridden or who require total nursing care, those who are catheterized, or who use continence aids and in people whose immune system is compromised.
Symptoms of UTI include the following:
Urine looks cloudy or milky. It may look a reddish color in serious cases of urine infection if blood is present.
Urine often smells of...
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