4 Urinary Tract Infection Nursing Care Plans

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Urinary tract infections (UTI) are caused by pathogenic microorganisms in the urinary tract (kidney, bladder, urethra). Most 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 overcome the natural defenses of the body, therefore causes infection. UTIs are usually classified as infections involving the upper or lower urinary tract. An infection in the urethra is called urethritis. A bladder infection is called cystitis. Bacteria may ascend 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 nursing care plan for urinary tract infections includes nursing interventions to relieve pain and discomfort, increase the client’s knowledge about the preventive measures and treatment regimen, and manage potential complications.

Here are four nursing care plans and nursing diagnoses for patients with urinary tract infection (UTI).

  1. Acute Pain UPDATED
  2. Impaired Urinary Elimination UPDATED
  3. Hyperthermia UPDATED
  4. Deficient Knowledge UPDATED
  5. Other possible nursing care plans
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Other Nursing Care Plans

Additional nursing diagnoses you can use to create your own nursing care plans for urinary tract infections.

  1. Disturbed Sleep Pattern related to pain, nocturia.
  2. Risk for Urge Urinary Incontinence.
  3. Risk for Ineffective Renal Tissue Perfusion.
  4. Urinary Retention.

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References and Sources

  1. Flores-Mireles, A., Hreha, T. N., & Hunstad, D. A. (2019). Pathophysiology, treatment, and prevention of catheter-associated urinary tract infectionTopics in spinal cord injury rehabilitation25(3), 228-240.
  2. Gupta, K., Grigoryan, L., & Trautner, B. (2017). Urinary tract infectionAnnals of internal medicine167(7), ITC49-ITC64.
  3. Lee, J. B., & Neild, G. H. (2007). Urinary tract infection. Medicine35(8), 423-428.
  4. Storme, O., Tiran Saucedo, J., Garcia-Mora, A., Dehesa-Dávila, M., & Naber, K. G. (2019). Risk factors and predisposing conditions for urinary tract infectionTherapeutic advances in urology11, 1756287218814382.
Matt Vera is a registered nurse with a bachelor of science in nursing since 2009 and is currently working as a full-time writer and editor for Nurseslabs. During his time as a student, he knows how frustrating it is to cram on difficult nursing topics. Finding help online is nearly impossible. His situation drove his passion for helping student nurses by creating content and lectures that are easy to digest. Knowing how valuable nurses are in delivering quality healthcare but limited in number, he wants to educate and inspire nursing students. As a nurse educator since 2010, his goal in Nurseslabs is to simplify the learning process, break down complicated topics, help motivate learners, and look for unique ways of assisting students in mastering core nursing concepts effectively.
  • Thank you for sharing insight to urinary tract infections. The clinical relevance is super helpful in learning process and writing my pathophysiology paper on UTI’s.

  • It’s very helpful for me to write and understand about the NCP on UTI ….

    Thank you 🤞🏻🙏🏻

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