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Healthcare Associated Infections

Improving bladder health and reducing urinary catheter infections

Urinary tract infections (UTI) are amongst the most commonly encountered infections in primary care, care home and hospitals and can often develop because of a urinary catheter.

These resources are part of the intermediate layer of the Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway.  Further information about the pathway is available on the pathway webpage.


UTIs are the most prevalent healthcare associated infection (HAI) in acute adults accounting for 24.5% of all HAIs in 2016.  Health Protection Scotland Point Prevalence Survey (2016), reported that approximately half of these UTIs, where data relating to prior catheterisation was recorded, developed in patients who had been catheterised at some point in the seven days prior to onset of the UTI.    To help prevent catheter associated urinary tract infection, urinary catheters should only be inserted after alternatives have been explored.

NHS Education for Scotland working in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders organised a series of workshops, where the focus was on demonstrating a logistical and systematic pathway to improving bladder health, promoting continence and preventing infections associated with indwelling urinary catheters.

To share the learning more widely across health and social care, the speakers from the NHS Ayrshire and Arran event kindly consented to their presentations being filmed and developed into an education resource.    

The videos cover the topics explored during the event and can be used within in-house training.  Transcripts of the videos are also provided.

Go to the video resource webpage to access the videos and transcripts.

Other NES educational resources which may be of interest include:
Indwelling Urinary Catheter Maintenance
Urinary Catheterisation
Aseptic Technique Inserting an Indwelling Urethral Catheter
Promotion of Continence and the Assessment of Bladder Dysfunction in Adults
Scottish Reduction in Antimicrobial Prescribing (ScRAP)


Resource launched June 2017