New catheter passport backed by Wrexham health activist

A health activist who has had 14 surgeries in 10 years has supported a new campaign to fight preventable infections.

Inspiration Anna Cooper said the special passport offered by Betsi Cadwaladr would improve communication and catheter care for nearly 2,000 people who depend on the devices in North Wales.

The 28-year-old, from Wrexham, had an indwelling catheter for almost two years following treatment related to generalized endometriosis.

The new passport includes important information for the user, their loved ones, healthcare workers and caregivers, including details about the purpose of the device and how to care for it.

Board of health staff work to reduce preventable catheter-associated urinary tract infections (UTIIs) by ensuring devices are used appropriately.

Anna, who also uses an ostomy bag, is an Ambassador for Endometriosis UK and runs her own menstrual health support group on Instagram.

She said: “I know a lot of people find it difficult to have a catheter, so having this booklet and more information will be very helpful,” she said.

“When I first started using a catheter, I had no idea – I was given bags, but I didn’t really know how to use them. I didn’t know how to use it and was probably introducing an infection without knowing it.

“I remember coming home and thinking I didn’t know how to deal with this thing. It is so important that when people come out with catheters they are given the best information on how to take care of themselves and themselves.

Hospital staff will also consider removing catheters every few hours when hospital patients no longer meet the criteria to use one. And, where possible, users in the community will be encouraged to ditch their catheters for a trial period to see if they can do without.

Betsi Cadwaladr’s deputy chief of community nursing for the eastern region, Kristy Ross, said catheters should only be used when absolutely necessary.

“Our CAUTI project aims to ensure that only people who really need indwelling catheters get them installed, to ensure that every catheter has a purpose in place, and to provide better information on how to care for them. from them, ”she said. .

“We want to reduce the cases of infections associated with catheters that can make people seriously ill and reduce the use of antibiotics needed to treat these preventable infections.”

Passports will be launched across the region in the coming weeks and months.

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