Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) have emerged as a significant healthcare concern, causing discomfort, disrupting daily life, and posing potential complications, necessitating a deeper understanding of why they have become a pressing problem.
Normally, we are quick to prescribe antibiotics. However, sometimes antibiotics can cause allergic reactions and other adverse effects and complications. Overuse of antibiotics can cause resistance, making it more difficult to treat infections as well. Patients can also feel symptoms of nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, rashes, and yeast infections.
Prevention is always best, but if a UTI does occur, it might be worth trying to treat with these tips.
- Practicing good personal hygiene
- Taking vitamin C
- Taking a probiotic
- Ingesting cranberry
- Staying hydrated
“I’ve noticed that many nursing homes are above state and national averages for residents with urinary tract infections. It may seem simple to encourage residents to drink more fluids or remind them to wipe from front to back when toileting, but due to everyone having their own habits, we sometimes need reminders,” Jenifer Lauckner, RN; Great Plains QIN Quality Improvement Advisor.
Additional Great Plains QIN Resources
- July 2023 Webinar: Diagnosis and Prevention of UTIs – Emily Perry, Pharm D | Recording
- Friday Focus 4 Health – Up Your Protection from Infections: UTIs I Recording
- Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Prevention: Patient Tips
- Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Prevention: Provider Tips
Listen to our Podcast – Q-Tips For Your Ears
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What are Urinary Tract Infections? Signs and symptoms, prevention and treatment.