A Rapid Quality Control Initiative to reduce the incidence of urinary tract infection in the paediatric intensive care patient—Part one

Authors

  • Greg Malt RN BHsc,

    1. Nurse Manager, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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  • Suzi Robertson-Malt PhD

    Corresponding author
    1. Director Nursing Practice and Research, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Suzi Robertson-Malt, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh 11211, Saudi Arabia. Email: srobertson@kfshrc.edu.sa; santoshasuzi@yahoo.com

Abstract

Urinary tract infection is one of the common bacterial infections in children and can lead to substantial morbidity. If the infection results in renal scarring, various long-term risks include hypertension and renal insufficiency. Nosocomial urinary tract infections (NUTI) in children occur with varying frequency with approximately 60–80% of these infections being strongly correlated with urethral instrumentation. This paper presents stage one of a Rapid Quality Control Initiative to reduce the incidence of NUTI in the paediatric patient at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre.

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