Scottish Urinary Tract Infection Network

Background

Urinary tract infections (UTI) are the most common type of infection seen in acute and care settings in Scotland. Across Scotland, many UTI reduction resources have been developed to reduce these infections, both by national organisations as well as at local level.

SUTIN logoThe purpose of SUTIN is to co-ordinate the sharing of these resources. The Network also promotes the development of a community from within NHS and social care settings that want to see the reduction of UTIs across Scotland.

SUTIN has members from and including:

  • national organisations
  • continence and infection prevention specialists
  • educators
  • social care providers
  • researchers
  • members of the public

It aims to link practitioners working at all levels to enable shared learning and a cohesive approach to UTI work within Scotland. In addition, SUTIN seeks to co-ordinate:

  • guidance
  • quality improvement tools
  • surveillance
  • education
  • training
  • research

National Hydration Campaign

SUTIN are delighted to host this National Hydration Campaign. The aims of the campaign are to:

  • support the prevention of UTI and gram negative blood stream infections within the general population
  • convey the public health benefits of good hydration in terms of UTI
  • support the work of other national health programmes where good hydration can be beneficial, for example, falls, pressure ulcers, delirium and acute kidney injury

Various materials have been co-designed with our short life working group and tested with stakeholders throughout health and social care to ensure accuracy and acceptability.

National Urinary Catheter Passport (NCP)

A short-life working group comprising a number of health and social care stakeholders including a consultant urologist, continence advisors, infection prevention and control nurses, care inspectorate and Scottish care was formed. Based on work which has already been undertaken within NHS Lothian, NHS Borders and NHS Forth Valley, a draft NCP was established and tested by patients, carers and healthcare staff within 12 pilot sites across Scotland. Positive feedback from this pilot were collated and the document was launched at the end of April 2017.

The NCP can be found below:

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