Catheter Associated UTI
What are the treatments for the infection?
A catheter associated UTI is treated with antibiotics. The antibiotic chosen will depend on the type of the bacteria found in the urine. If a fever is present, acetaminophen should be given. The urinary catheter should be removed as soon as possible.
What are the side effects of the treatments?
All medications have side effects and may cause allergic reactions. Antibiotics can cause stomach upset as well as other symptoms.
What happens after treatment for the infection?
A urine culture should be done at the end of the antibiotic therapy, to make sure the infection has cleared up.
How is the infection monitored?
If a person has a long-term urinary catheter in place, urine specimens should be obtained occasionally to check for any bacteria in the urine. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.