20-25% of all hospital inpatients are catheterised at some point in their stay – 30% of these patients will have bacteria (pictured) in their urine within 2-7 days, and 25% of these patients will go on to develop a catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI).

Our partners, the Oxford Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) are leading a project to tackle these infections and reduce the use of catheters, by launching an e-learning resource for health care practitioners.

The E-learning for excellence in continence and catheter care programme is made up two sessions:

  • promoting best practice in continence care
  • promoting best practice in catheter care.

The programme has been developed by the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with e-Learning for Healthcare (e-Lfh) and Health Education England Thames Valley.

The programme, aimed at nursing staff and health care assistants across all care settings, aims to improve knowledge and awareness of all aspects of continence and catheter care.

The programme includes discussion of the different types of incontinence and the therapies and treatments that can be offered to patients. The emphasis is on avoiding catheterisation and on strategies for reducing the risk of catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in situations where catheterisation is unavoidable.

The e-learning programme can be accessed via the e-learning for health website: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/continence-and-catheter-care/