Urinary Catheter Regulations

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The Centers of Disease Control has provided set guidelines for urinary catheter regulations and control with the last updates in 2009 and wasn’t accessed due to the lack of relevancy. (2009) More recently, the National Clinical Guideline Centre in the United Kingdom offered resembling U.S. guidelines as recently as 2012. The NCGC, as well as the CDC is referenced as saying intermittent straight catheter usage is recommended instead of long term catheter usage to reduce risk of CAUTI. It is noted that the subject in this study were physically unable to complete straight catheterization due to lack of dexterity, lack of assistance or other physical issues leaving long term catheterization the only option.(Wilde et al., 2015) Both guidelines, the CDC and NCGC both inform the readers that lack of research in the home setting is a challenge when assessing and addressing a standardized method of teaching and care for home urinary catheter patients in general. It is stated, “No evidence of surveillance of healthcare-associated infections (such as CAUTI) in the community is currently available.” (UK, 2012) The regulations that declare who can insert, maintain and troubleshoot urinary catheters also is confusing and not properly regulated.

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