As anyone who has experienced a urinary tract infection (UTI) knows, it can be painful and sometimes even requires hospitalization. The nurses at our agency recognized that many home care patients are at risk of developing a UTI. Therefore, we instituted our UTI prevention program in 2005. If a patient has had a previous UTI or exhibits any of the following symptoms, he/she will be offered the opportunity to be involved in this program: frequent urination, urgency, burning or pain on urination, dark color or foul smell to urine, incontinence. The home care aides are trained to report any of these symptoms. The nurse will call the patient’s doctor and may test the urine for signs of infection. If antibiotics are ordered, a repeat urine test is done within 5-7 days of completion of the antibiotics to insure the infection is gone.
Last year (2009) an average of 86 patients were involved in the UTI prevention program each quarter and only 1 hospitalization for the year was recorded.
We are proud to say this program works.
Please contact us at (631) 567-6555 ext 15 or ext 17 for more information about our programs and services. Our nurse care managers will assist you with your questions and concerns.