This week is Catheter Care Awareness Week – a week of innovative events and activities taking place from 20 – 24 June, run by the Health Innovation Network to reduce catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) in south London.
We’re running lots of events that you can take part in this week, or drop into to learn more about catheter care. Our interactive map will let you know what’s happening where across south London, and you can view it here.
Our goal, which we’re championing throughout the week, is to stop urinary catheters causing harm to patients and to improve patients’ wellbeing and recovery. We’re also raising awareness about catheter problems, and encouraging people and organisations from across the health and social care system in south London to get involved.
Chief Executive Tara Donnelly said: “We’re delighted to be running Catheter Care Awareness Week. Catheter care is such an important issue, and yet unfortunately it is sometimes overlooked – so it’s really great to have this opportunity to raise awareness, to champion best practice and to help ensure that patients are getting outstanding care.”
We have developed a digital media pack that has more information about our project, shared aims, and other ways that you can get involved. The pack contains an animation showing the devastating effects that CAUTIs can have on older people, patient stories, and pledge cards that you can use to make your own catheter care pledge – and share with us on social media! There are lots of other great resources too, including films and vlogs, so please check out the website for more information.
We also teamed up with We Nurses (@WeNurses) and hosted a tweetchat about catheter care on Tuesday 21 June. We had great engagement with the community and generated over 600 tweets from across the country, from nurses and patients alike.
It’s easy to take part in Catheter Care Awareness Week, either by supporting us on social media or coming along to an event to learn more, and your involvement will help us to raise awareness around this important issue.