Urinary Tract Infection is due to an infection the lower urinary tract, involving the bladder, and sometimes the urethra and the ureter. It is ascending infection caused commonly by E. coli, Enterobacter, Pseudomonas and Serratia. Clients who are at risk for having urinary tract infection are those with long standing indwelling catheters, pregnant women, females who are sexually active or those who usually wear synthetic underwear or panty hose.
A client with urinary tract infection may manifest frequency, urgency, and burning sensation during urination. Some may have hematuria and may experience difficulty to void. It is usually accompanied by fever and chills and some low back pains.
In assessing a client with Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) , you may expect the following signs and symptoms:
- Painful urination
- Urinary Frequency
- Flank pain