Measuring the efficacy of antimicrobial catheters

Gladys Makuta, Manolis Chrysafis, Thomas Lam

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Abstract

Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) are a major cause of morbidity in hospitals worldwide. Urethral catheters coated with antimicrobial substances such as silver alloy and nitrofurazone were introduced to reduce CAUTI. A previous Cochrane review reported that antimicrobial-coated or impregnated catheters may reduce the number of asymptomatic bacteriuria present but it was uncertain whether they reduced CAUTI. The Catheter Trial compared these and standard catheters for short-term use in NHS hospitals. Results showed silver alloy-coated catheters did not reduce symptomatic CAUTI compared with standard catheters; nitrofurazone-impregnated catheters had borderline clinical benefit in reducing symptomatic CAUTI. The findings do not support the routine use of antimicrobial-coated or impregnated catheters for patients in hospital who need short-term catheters. Instead, health professionals should focus on simple preventive strategies and reducing the need for catheterisation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-19
Number of pages4
JournalNursing Times
Volume109
Issue number44
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2013

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Catheter-Related Infections
Catheters
Urinary Tract Infections
Nitrofurazone
Silver
Urinary Catheters
Bacteriuria
Catheterization
Morbidity
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Keywords

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anti-Infective Agents
  • Catheter-Related Infections
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Urinary Catheters
  • Urinary Tract Infections

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Makuta, G., Chrysafis, M., & Lam, T. (2013). Measuring the efficacy of antimicrobial catheters. Nursing Times, 109(44), 16-19.

Measuring the efficacy of antimicrobial catheters. / Makuta, Gladys; Chrysafis, Manolis; Lam, Thomas.

In: Nursing Times, Vol. 109, No. 44, 01.11.2013, p. 16-19.

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Makuta, G, Chrysafis, M & Lam, T 2013, 'Measuring the efficacy of antimicrobial catheters', Nursing Times, vol. 109, no. 44, pp. 16-19.
Makuta G, Chrysafis M, Lam T. Measuring the efficacy of antimicrobial catheters. Nursing Times. 2013 Nov 1;109(44):16-19.
Makuta, Gladys ; Chrysafis, Manolis ; Lam, Thomas. / Measuring the efficacy of antimicrobial catheters. In: Nursing Times. 2013 ; Vol. 109, No. 44. pp. 16-19.
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