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UTI Trends

2021 Trends

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Urinary Tract Infections rising. In the first half of 2021, Summit County had approximately 27 Unanticipated Hospitalizations related to infections. 67% of those infections were due to Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs).

Each year, UTIs are a leading cause of infection related admits in Summit County. Those who may be unable to conduct hygiene tasks independently or use catheters may be at higher risk for developing a UTI or being admitted to the hospital due to the infection.

Warning Signs

Alert icon   According to the Cleveland Clinic, here are some common signs of a possible UTI:

    • Pain in the side, abdomen, or pelvic area
    • Frequent urination
    • Abnormal urine color (cloudy) or strong foul-smelling urine
    • Fever
    • Mental Changes or Confusion
    • Vomiting

UTI Prevention

Tips icon   The Cleveland Clinic also provides some tips about how to prevent UTIs from occurring for those at high risk:

    • Practice good hygiene. It is especially recommended for women that they wipe from front to back and change pads/tampons frequently
    • Drink plenty of fluids. This can help to remove bacteria from the urinary tract. Cleveland Clinic recommends 6-8 glasses of water per day
    • Change of urination habits. Frequent urination can help to expel bad bacteria before infections can begin
    • Avoid foods & liquids that can irritate the bladder. These include juices, caffeinated drinks, & spicy foods

Want more information? 

For more information about UTIs and how to treat them, please visit Cleveland Clinic’s Health Library

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