6 Urinary Tract Infection Nursing Care Plans


Urinary tract infections (UTI) are caused by pathogenic microorganisms in the urinary tract (kidney, bladder, urethra). The majority of UTIs are caused by the bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli), normally found in the digestive system. Usually, bacteria that enter the urinary tract system are removed by the body before they can cause symptoms. But, in some cases, bacteria overcomes the natural defenses of the body, therefore causes infection.

An infection in the urethra is called urethritis. A bladder infection is called cystitis. Bacteria may ascend up to the ureters to multiply and cause the infection of the kidneys (pyelonephritis).

Signs and symptoms of urinary tract infections include; fever, chills, a strong, persistent urge to urinate, burning sensation when urinating, cloudy, foul-smelling urine, and pelvic pain in women.

Nursing Care Plans

The focus of this care plan for Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) include relief of pain and discomfort, increased knowledge of preventive measures and treatment regimen, and absence of complications.

Here are six (6) nursing care plans (NCP) and nursing diagnosis for patients with urinary tract infections (UTI):

  1. Impaired Urinary Elimination
  2. Infection
  3. Acute Pain
  4. Deficient Knowledge
  5. Disturbed Sleep Pattern
  6. Hyperthermia

Deficient Knowledge

Deficient Knowledge: Absence or deficiency of cognitive information related to specific topic.

May be related to

  • Unfamiliarity with nature and treatment of UTI.

Possibly evidenced by

  • Lack of questions.
  • Multiple questions.
  • Recurrent UTI.
  • Verbalizing inaccurate information.

Desired Outcomes

  • Client will verbalizes knowledge of causes and treatment of UTI, controls risk factors, and completes medical treatment of UTI.
Nursing InterventionsRationale
Explain to the client about UTI risk factors, prevention, and treatment.Frequent recurrences of UTI may indicate that the client has no understanding of the disease and its management.
Encouraged the client to finish all prescribed antibiotics, even if symptoms resolve.In the first few days of antibiotic therapy, urinary symptoms of burning, frequency, and urgency usually resolve. However, Not finishing the antibiotic on the prescribed time will make the bacteria grow and multiply again.
Encouraging the reporting of signs and symptoms of recurrence.1 to 2 weeks after completing the antibiotic therapy is a common time frame for the signs and symptoms to recur.
Teach the client about the importance of preventing urinary tract infection.The goal of client teaching is to resolve the current infection and prevent recurrence.
  • Hygienic measures (showering rather than bathe in a tub).
Bacteria in the bath water may enter the urethra.
  • Perineal hygiene after a bowel movement.
This will help in preventing the migration of the pathogen in the urethral opening and, in women, the vaginal opening.
  • The importance of frequent bladder emptying.
Completely emptying the bladder prevents bladder distention and compromised blood supply to the bladder wall. These predispose the client to UTI.
  • Use tampons for periods.
Tampons are advised during the menstruation rather than sanitary napkins because they keep the bladder opening area drier, hence limiting the growth of bacteria.
  • Avoid wearing tight-fitting or constricting undergarments made of non-breathing materials.
Such fabrics can accumulate moisture and can provide an environment for bacterial growth. Cotton fabric and loose fitting clotting are more encouraged.
  • Need for follow-up urine cultures.
Periodic urine cultures identify the effectiveness of the antimicrobial therapy.

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