Use of Silver Coated Catheter to Reduce UTI in Elderly Population

Use of Silver Coated Catheter to Reduce UTI in Elderly Population

In research and proposal writing an author is required to use a set of guideline to find and establish evidence-based outcome to a specified topic. Properly written research proposals make use of the primary and secondary resource to find existing knowledge done by other scholars. Thus, the primary resource comprises literature materials that contain original data while secondary sources provide analysis, interpretation, synthesis, and evaluation of original data (Ford, Hughes, and Phillips). The paper describes the process I used to find evidence of the use of a silver-coated catheter to reduce UTI infections among the elderly population.

First, the use of PICOT question provided a guideline to identify the target population as well as the interventions geared to the prevention, care and cure of UTI infection among the aged population.  This directed me to search journal and peer reviewed article that provide an analysis and offer necessary intervention to cure urinary infections. For instance, I did find that Oman et al. article Nurse-Directed Interventions To Reduce Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections resourcefully. Their research outlines the problem, intervention, offer comparison as well as intended outcome and a timeframe for the entire process of medication. Moreover, their research is focused on the research question of the usefulness of silver-coated catheter in treating urinary infects. Oman et al. methods are also valid, and their result suggested a reduction of CAUTI rates among the population.

The use MESH terms were useful in finding the meaning of the medical terms as well as offering articles relating to the use of the catheter in treating urinary infections. According to the MESH data descriptor, a urinary catheter is usually inserted to the patient urinary bladder for diagnosis or therapeutic purposes (National Library of Medicine). The web source, however, did not help me with additional credible articles to study the underlying subject. Nonetheless, the use if MESH terms helped me understand the meaning of catheter and what it all entails.

Nonetheless, by using the search engine in the American Journal of Infection Control, I did find useful journals covering the area of study. For example, Davis in his article Long Term Efficacy of Silver Hydrogel Coated Urinary Catheters on Patient Care Outcome and Cost in a Community Hospital argue that there is evidence to the reduction of occurrences of hospital-acquired urinary tract infection (Davis 55). The author is utterly focused on the research question. Moreover, Davis ensures that he used the correct method and a defined time frame to establish the effectiveness of silver-coated catheter in minimizing the incidences of CAUTI. Davis used adult inpatient who presented positive urine conditions for 48 hours after admission. In this, he ensured to single out the correct population for the study.  In his result, Davis suggestion of the use of 100% silver-coated catheter reduced the cases of CAUTI by 69% (56). Thus, these results are important as they indicate the effectiveness of the medication. As a result, I recommend the use of a silver-coated catheter to my patient and other impatient throughout the country. Therefore, the research evidence is of level V given that the research above reviews is from descriptive and qualitative studies.

Though there is scanty information on how to reduce CAUTIS in elderly patients because there is a little study on this age group I am using other group research to find important information of how CAUTIS can be reduced to the aged population. As such, Davis et al. found out that CAUTI rates can be reduced among children by use of the silver-coated catheter. Therefore, given that the diagnosis and symptom found in children are similar to what is diagnosed to the elderly thus; a similar treatment can be plausible.





Works Cited

Davis, Katherine. Reduction in Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIS) Using A Silver-Coated 100% Silicone Foley Catheter Verses A Silver-Coated Latex Foley Catheter In A North-Eastern U.S. Acute Care Hospital: American Journal of Infection Control 33.5 (2005): 55-56.

Ford, Joana, Gavin Hughes, and Pete Phillips. “Literature Review of Silver-Coated Urinary Catheters.” Medical Device Index. 19 January 2016. Web. 14 April 2016.

National Library of Medicine. Medical Subject Headings: MESH Descriptor Data. National Library of Medicine. 2016. Web. 15 April 2016.

Oman, Kathleen et al. Nurse-Directed Interventions to Reduce Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections. American Journal of Infection Control (2011): 1-6.



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