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Urinary Tract Infection

One of the most common problem faced by members of the senior community is Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

It must be the intention of caregivers of all stripe to be on the lookout for the tell tale signs of this infection. “The vast majority of urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused by the bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli), usually found in the digestive system. Chlamydia and mycoplasma bacteria can infect the urethra but not the bladder.” Nov 6, 2018/CDC.GOV

What You Must Know……….!

You must know the likely causes of the infection

You must know what are the treatments

You must know who should treat

You must know who to call

Most importantly, you must know how to identify the signs and symptoms of UTI…….

Identifying

Identifying the color of the urine

Identifying the smell of the urine

Identifying the texture or look of the urine, clear or cloudy

Identifying bloody urine

Identifying frequency of urination

Identifying fever below 101 degree F (some patients may exhibit a higher degree)

Do…….

Caregivers have one basic responsibility, and that is to KNOW; how, when, where, who, why, and listen, also establishing a comfortable commutative relationship with the patient is vital. That way the patient will comfortably tell you how her or she is feeling.

As soon as the relevant information is gathered, then you may call the family member, or conservator, and relate the information to them respectively. He or she will then get in touch with the primary physician regarding possible treatments.

In some cases the patient may be cognitively able to make those decisions, therefore he or she may inform the physician themselves.

In all cases, as soon as the physician is informed of the patient diagnosis (UTI) the prescription is usually applied. (antibiotic)

Now…...

It is also sensible to practise preventative care. Know how to identify the symptome before the infection gets out of hand. It is easier to treat this infection when it it diagnosed early. It is less pain, discomfort, and suffering for the patient.

Urinary Tract Infection is a serious, and uncomfortable illness, therefore great care should be taken as you participate in patient care.

Now if it happens? It should be diagnosed and treated ASAP!

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