Reducing, identifying and treating urine and chest infections

This article gives us some tools to reduce UTIs in our patients:
  1. Increase fluid intake.
  2. Provide good perineal care.
  3. Remove indwelling catheters if possible.
  4. Apply the McGeer criteria.


How to tell if an elderly person has a UTI?
Typical Symptoms of UTI
  1. Urine that appears cloudy or dark.
  2. Bloody urine.
  3. Strong or foul smelling urine.
  4. Frequent or urgent need to urinate.
  5. Pain or burning during urination.
  6. Feelings of pressure in the lower abdomen.
  7. Low-grade fever.
  8. Night sweats, shaking or chills.


Always seek medical advice from your GP.