I’m posting on behalf of my mother, who was fitted with an indwelling catheter about 3 months ago, following a very nasty uti which led to sepsis. We were told this was caused by her not emptying her bladder sufficiently. She uses a wheelchair and doesn’t have the dexterity in her hands to self catheterise, so an indwelling catheter was fitted. This has presented its own problems as since getting the catheter she has been admitted to intensive care twice, with sepsis from utis.
Obviously I am very worried about her utis, and am wondering if she opts for a suprapubic catheter will this be likely to reduce the amount of UTIs she gets?
Also, for anyone who may also get regular utis can I ask how these are treated by your GP? Currently, on suspicion of a uti we bring a sample of her urine in to the doctors surgery, and he sends it away for analysis while we wait for the results. By the time the infection is confirmed and the antibiotics given, i suspect we are too late and the infection has taken hold.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and apologies if its a bit long winded!. I would be very grateful for any advice at all.