Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are the most common hospital-acquired bacterial infection among patients in the United States. Urinary catheter reminders, which have been proven to dramatically decrease the number of UTIs, are used in fewer than 10% of U.S. hospitals. Read more about UTIs.
If a catheter tube and urine collection bag are prescribed for your loved one, he or she is at risk for an infection. Voice your concerns by sharing this checklist with your loved one’s nurses and ask for their input. Preventing UTI infections is fairly simple—it just takes some extra vigilance. The nursing team is sure to appreciate your help!