Rapid Appraisal: Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections
The topic at hand requires a comprehensive literature search. The selection of the sources detailed below is informed by the PICO question that was developed earlier. All the sources used were selected from the CINAHL database. Each of the sources will be analyzed in terms of its relevance to the PICO question.
Gentry, H. (2005). Using silver to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections. Nursing Standard, 19(50), 51-5
This article explores the use of silver-coated catheters as a solution to catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs). According to the author who is an infection prevention and control nurse, urinary tract infections are a common occurrence among patients who are hospitalized. The study used a sample size of 133 patients, who were monitored during the inpatient stay. The findings of this quantitative study suggest that silver-alloy hydrogel-coated Foley catheter is associated with reduced incidences of CUTIs rate. In particular, the study found out that use of silver-coated catheters is associated with a 33.5% reduction in the incidences of UTIs. The article recommends the use of silver-alloy-catheters for patients requiring an indwelling urethra catheter for longer than 48hours.