- Can silver alloy catheters reduce infection rates?
- Michelle Beattie is lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, University of Stirling.
- Patients with urinary catheters are at high risk of infection.
- Catheters reduce the body’s natural ability to cleanse the urinary tract of micro organisms.
- Bacteria can be free floating or can colonise into biofilms that attach to the catheter surface and may cause catheter blockage.
- Biofilms can develop a resistance to antibiotics.
- Silver alloy urinary catheters can reduce biofilm formation and colonisation by releasing silver ions into the urinary tract.
- Why does catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) remain a persistent challenge in healthcare?
- What strategies have you found to be effective in reducing CAUTI?
- Looking at the evidence in this article, do you think silver alloy catheters should be used routinely in clinical practice?