Urinary Tract Infections – a troublesome issue

Urinary tract infections are troublesome issues that may have a very negative impact on quality of life for many patients. It can also lead to kidney damage and sepsis, a life-threatening condition.

Urethral catheterization is one of the risk factors for UTI. Sensitive patient groups need antibiotic treatment early when receiving a UTI to avoid further complications, at the same time we have an increasing threat with antibiotic resistance and 1 out of 4 health care-associated infections (all types of infections) are caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria.

You will learn about:

  • The stages of UTI development
  • New research considerations for Urinary health and disease - where the discovery of the urinary microbiota has gained a major interest for urinary health and disease and challenged the traditionally held view of urine sterility
  • Recent approaches and discussion around UTI management and prevention – patients with constipation have a higher risk of receiving a UTI and alternative methods to treat the UTIs in the future without the need for antibiotics
  • Whether prophylactic methods work or not to prevent UTIs are contradictory in the literature
  • That intermittent catheterization is the best bladder management for UTI prevention as compared to indwelling catheters which are associated to a higher risk of more potent and biofilm-forming bacteria