The benefits of proper catheter storage

The benefits of proper catheter storage

  • Posted On : 6/19/2019 7:00 AM

Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) are becoming a major issue in the healthcare industry. According to the Center for Disease Control, in the United States hospitals alone, there are an estimated 1.7 million infections, and 99,000 deaths associated with HAIs every year. Many of these HAIs are acquired after surgeries and procedures due to unsanitary medical supplies.

On the top of the HAI list are Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs). CAUTIs are the most common infection a person can contract in the hospital, according to the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

Luckily, FlowCare offers the perfect catheter storage solutions for any hospital!

What Causes a Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)?

CAUTIs are caused when bacteria or fungi enter your urinary tract via a catheter. The bacteria or fungi then multiply, causing an infection to your urinary tract. There are a number of ways this bacteria or fungi can occur during catheterization, including the following:

  • The catheter may become contaminated upon insertion

  • The drainage bag may not be emptied often enough

  • Bacteria from a bowel movement may get on the catheter

  • Urine in the catheter bag may flow backward into the bladder

  • The catheter may not be regularly cleaned

  • Improper storage

According to The Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, CAUTIs amount to about $30 Million in costs each year.

A CAUTI has similar symptoms to typical urinary tract infection, including cloudy urine, blood in urine, strong urine odor, urine leakage around your catheter, poressure, pain, or discomfort in your lower back or stomach, chills, fever, unexplained fatigue and vomiting.

What can hospitals do to help resolve this issue?

FlowCare Catheter Cabinets

FlowCare offers the optimal product for catheter storage solutions in hospitals all over the country. FlowCare’s Catheter Cabinets are high-quality versatile storage cabinets constructed of industrial grade laminate. There are no exposed wood edges anywhere on the cabinet that might otherwise harbor Staphylococci or other bacteria that could aid to HAIs. Our cabinets offer hinged doors with tempered glass for easy viewing of medical supplies. Catheterization labs demand high quality equipment, and we supply the best.

We also offer medical supply cabinets that can be customized to have pull-out Kanban or par level storage baskets, with color-coded labeling and RFID solutions to aid in inventory tracking and replenishment. Our Kanban baskets can be paired with full-extension, pull-out catheter racks, boxed catheter compartments, adjustable shelves, or wire-baskets.

We understand how expensive catheter lab supplies are, so we have implemented security measures on our units.

On top of our Catheter Cabinets, FlowCare offers Nurse Servers that also help limit the amount of HAIs in hospitals. The most common HAIs are: CAUTIs, surgical site infections, bloodstream infections, pneumonia, and clostridium difficile.  With our products, healthcare professionals can keep medical supplies organized, sterile, and clean, which would help limit the amount of HAI’s spread every year.

FlowCare Catheter Cabinets are designed to help healthcare professionals and patients alike. For more information on our catheter storage solutions, or any of our other storage systems, contact us today!

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