Effective Handwashing in Catheterization

Evidence-based practice changes promote the transition of practice to enhance quality care provision. In evidence-based practice implementation, the financial, clinical, and quality aspects are taken into consideration. One financial aspect that should be taken into account is the medical bill of the patient. In terms of quality, it is salient to consider the standard ethical scope of practice to promote the quality of care. In the clinical aspect, competence and perfection in the procedure are an aspect of concern.

Effective hand washing in the catheterization procedure plays a crucial role in regulating financial expenditure. In a health center where patients pay for each catheter used, hand washing minimizes the disposal of new catheters based on contamination (Hutton, 2018). Proper handwashing ensures that the catheterization process is aseptic, therefore, reducing the chances of urinary tract infection. Keeping the patient free of infection will help cut off a medical bill for treating the urinary tract infection.

Ensuring effective hand washing is an implementation of the required standards in the catheterization process. A sterile catheter ensures the comfortability of the patient during the hospitalization period. Hand washing will minimize the side effects of the procedure, therefore, promoting patient satisfaction. By minimizing side effects, the risk of developing urinary tract infections is reduced. Clearing infection risks reduces hospital readmission and treatment chances, thereby improving the patient’s quality of life.

Catheterization is therapeutic management offered for patients in the hospital. Each medical procedure done has a standard way of carrying it out systematically (Mota, & Oliveira, 2019). Effective hand washing proposal takes into account the availability of skilled personnel who understands catheterization. Understanding the relevance of handwashing in the catheterization procedure presents the medical staff doing it as competent. Having a qualified staff do the procedure reduces the risk of urinary tract infections.


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Mota, É. C., & Oliveira, A. C. (2019). Prevention of catheter-associated urinary tract infection: what is the gap in clinical practice? Texto & Contexto-Enfermagem, 28-30. Web.