Section: Hands on
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Ortega Martínez Y. Infecciones del tracto urinario en ancianos hospitalizados y portadores de sonda vesical. Metas de Enferm feb 2005; 8(1): 16-18
Yolanda Ortega Martínez
Diplomada en Enfermería.
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Infections of the urinary tract are the most common type of nosocomial infection in the elderly and are frequently associated with the catheterisation of the bladder. The main micro organisms that cause infections of the urinary tract are gram-negative bacteria, being escherichia coli the most common type. Some of these bacteria favour the development of incrustations that can obstruct catheters. The duration of the catheterisation is directly related with the development of nosocomial infections. The typical symptoms associated with urinary infections are seen less commonly in the elderly. Nursing interventions for the prevention of urinary infections in hospitalised older patients include: selection of the appropriate catheter, placement of a catheter with a complementary aseptic technique, use of a closed circuit, revision of the indications for the catheterisation, shorter catheterisation time, and patient as well as family education for the care.
urinary infection; bladder catheterisation; elderly patients; nosocomial infectioninfection prevention
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