Catheter Care Awareness Week

The Health Innovation Network (HIN) is running Catheter Care Awareness Week from 19 - 23 June 2017, as part of its work to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) in South London.

The goal of Catheter Care Catheter care_HINAwareness Week is to stop urinary catheters causing harm to patients and to improve patients' wellbeing and recovery. 

The week is used to raise general awareness about catheter problems and to enhance clinicians' knowledge, as well as encouraging people and organisations to get involved with the project, empowering patients and professionals to question current practices and reduce stigma associated with catheters.

Last year, the HIN’s Catheter Care Awareness Campaign contributed to a 30% reduction in CAUTI in south London. Events and activities run by local hospital trusts reached almost 1,000 healthcare professionals and more than 250 patients, with 561 individual pledges made to improve catheter care.

Watch a video to learn more about how to improve catheter care, visit the HIN’s webpage or join in on Twitter using the hashtag #CatheterCare. There was also a TweetChat on #CatheterCare with @WeNurses from 8-9pm on Thursday 15 June.

https://vimeo.com/156234954 

Contact cathetercare@hin-southlondon.org for more information.

To brush up your catheter care skills and understand why urinary infections occur, visit the King’s Health Partners Learning Hub for free e-learning on urinary catheterisation.