NEW SET OF POLICIES APRIL 2023
A urinary catheter is a thin flexible hollow tube that drains urine from the bladder into a drainage bag and is a close system. The catheter is inserted into the bladder either through the urethra (genital area) or through a small hole made in the abdomen (supra pubic). The catheter is held in place by a small balloon filled with sterile water. Each time a break is made in the closed system, e.g. changing a catheter bag, it is an opportunity for infection to be introduced. This policy sets out the practices required to reduce as much as possible, the infection risks involved with catheterisation and catheter use.
We have produced a ‘My catheter passport’ to ensure catheterised service users receive the optimum standard of care by improving communication between hospital, community and the service user. This 40 page A6 Catheter Passport contains three sections:
- Advice and guidance for service users
- Advice and guidance for healthcare workers on the management of urinary catheters
- A section for completion by healthcare workers to record the service user’s catheterisation history and MRSA positive results
The Catheter Passport also contains medical alerts notices for MRSA to help with antibiotic phrophylatic prescribing. Full details available on the flyer and order form below.
A downloadable Community Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Policy which can be adopted by your organisation is also available below. Alternatively, a complete set of IPC Policies is available to purchase @ £89.99, including postage – details can be found on the flyer and resource order form.
Updated: 03/05/2023H&SC Order Form