Nursing Practice Problem

Nursing Practice Problem

Doctors use urinary catheters to empty urine from patients who have impaired urinary system. Such patients might suffer from kidney failure due to pressure exerted on their kidneys, this is dangerous and can permanently damage their kidneys. The Urinary catheters, however, may cause potential complications on the patients. Research carried on BMC Urology shows that most patients end up suffering from urinary tract infections (UTI) after the use of indwelling urinary catheters. Other complications such as kidney damage, injury to the urethra, bladder stones, and blood in the urine, septicemia and allergic reactions may arise from the usage of the urinary catheter (Feneley, Hopley, & Wells., 2015). Nursing Practice Problem

Picot Statement

Prognosis/Prediction: For pediatric patients 65 years and older (P), how does the use of catheters for much longer time (I) compared to the use of indwelling catheters for shorter time(C) influence the risk of Catheter-associated urinary infections(O) during the first ten weeks of indwelling catheter usage(T)?

Most patients who are placed in indwelling catheters for more than the expected time have had the risk of developing urinary tract infections, allergic reactions and others experience challenges in their kidneys.

What are some of the practical methods used to ensure that catheter-related diseases are reduced?

This study aims to make sure that indwelling urethral catheters (IDC) are carried out in a manner that minimizes risks to infection and trauma (Conway & Larson, 2011). Nursing Practice Problem

1st study

Feneley, R. C., Hopley, I. B., & Wells, P. N. (2015). Urinary catheters: history, current status, adverse events and research agenda. Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology39(8), 459-470. doi:10.3109/03091902.2015.1085600

I chose this study because the there is a qualitative analysis of the article and the scale of the burden of urinary incontinence. Statistical data collected from the year 2006 to 2007 recorded millions of people in England with consistent problems, and in the year 2011, the number of patients had increased than the previous year. Studies show urinary infections have wider effects on the older generation, and those over 85 years of age suffered most, followed by those with over 65 years of age. Challenges emerge while an attempt is made to care for the old people and patients affected. Nursing Practice Problem

One study reveals that US nursing homes that received 420 admissions had 39% of patients experiencing a daytime urinary inconsistency most of them aged 65 years and above (Feneley, Hopley, & Wells., 2015).Clinicians often choose Catheterization as the last option due to high chances of urinary tract infections. In 2002, US had incidences of advance events of catheter induced_ infections occurring and causing deaths of about 13089 patients. Infections related to usage of catheter machine have ever raised a controversial issue regarding the development of antimicrobial resistance and distress both to the clinicians and the sufferers.

2nd study

Flores-Mireles, A. L., Walker, J. N., Caparon, M., & Hultgren, S. J. (2015). Urinary tract infections: epidemiology, mechanisms of infection and treatment options. Nature Reviews Microbiology13(5), 269-284. doi:10.1038/nrmicro3432 Nursing Practice Problem


I chose this study because the article gives a qualitative analysis of the pathogenesis of the urinary infections during catheterization. There are endogenous sources of microorganisms causing CAUTI. It originates from contaminated hands of the healthcare personnel, vaginal colonization, and meatal, contaminated equipment and rectal. These pathogens pass either through the extraluminal route, intraluminal route, through the catheter from the contaminated collected bag or travel along the outside of the catheter in the form of a periurethral mucous sheath. Introduction of the sterile objects has shown a reduction in risk of bacteriuria in a closed urinary drainage. However, studies have shown that bacteriuria can occur via breaks in the machines or through the extraluminal route. Eventually, there is a 10% daily risk of bacteriuria with catheterization and about 100%risk in a month; this occurs in a short and long-term duration of catheterization (Flores-Mireles, Walker, Caparon & Hultgren, 2015). If clinicians prolonged catheterization then there is a high chance that the urinary pathogens would form biofilms on the surface of the catheter. With time, the microorganism begins to colonize on the surface of the urinary catheter in an immobile state. Hence it becomes resistible to antimicrobials, and their eradication becomes impossible without removal of the catheter. Nursing Practice Problem

3rd study

P., J. (2013). Urinary incontinence and the importance of catheter fixation. Journal of Community Nursing27(5), 24-29. Retrieved from

I chose this study because the article qualitatively highlights the process for insertion of the urinary catheter. The guidelines recommend that a trained and a competent doctor should carry the process of IDC insertion in urinary catheterization. It is also imperative that the specialist should conduct the following Aseptic technique procedures depending on gender patients. For female patients, a doctor would have to perform hand hygiene, place a patient in a supine pose with hips flexed and knees bent. In case of soiling evidence, a clinician should clean the genital area with water and soap before conducting the primary procedure. Hand hygiene is necessary at this point after which the Doctor would open the dressing pack in an aseptic field and prepare the needed equipment using aseptic technique. To avoid contamination saline is sterilized and poured onto a tray and hand wash is done under aseptic environment, a doctor should also wear sterile gloves apply sterile towel and separate labia with one hand to expose the urethral opening. Using swabs apprehended in forceps with another hand a specialist would clean the labial folds, and the urethral opening then moves the swab from above urethral opening downwards towards the rectum (J., 2013).After each urethral fondle, a doctor should discard swab into a designated waste bag and remove the catheter wire. Following the procedural guidelines, the doctor would then lubricate the catheter, insert it into urethral opening upward at about 30 degrees until urine begins to flow. The doctor should inflate the balloon slowly in the last procedure using sterile water and check if the patient feels any pain, if not then they would deflate the balloon and insert the catheter further and ensure that urine is flowing before inflating the balloon again (J., 2013). Nursing Practice Problem

4th Study

Lee, N. G., Marchalik, D., Lipsky, A., Rushton, H. G., Pohl, H. G., & Song, X. (2016). Risk factors for catheter-associated urinary tract infections in a pediatric institution. The Journal of Urology195(4), 1306-1311. doi:10.1016/j.juro.2015.03.121

I chose this study because the article qualitatively describes the effects of using the catheter on patients with urinary complications. Half of the patients placed in catheterization for more than seven days have a high chance of contracting bacteriuria. Health care workers perform an intervention on the urinary system either to empty the bladder, facilitate the installation of a solution or medication or to dilate a urethral stricture through the insertion of the catheter. When performing clinical care, the inclusion of the catheter on the patients may lead to catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) depending on the host susceptibility, quality of catheter care duration, method of catheterization. If the catheter specialist fails to follow guidelines and leave the catheters for a longer period, then the infections may arise and traumatized the urinary tract (Lee, et al., 2016) Nursing Practice Problem