Medical Surgical UTI & Pyelonephritis #7

Question

The clinic nurse receives a phone call from a client who describes symptoms of cystitis. Which statement does the nurse include when educating the client to decrease the risk for recurrent cystitis?

Answers

  1. “You need to take a family leave from your job.”
    • Rationale:

      This answer is not correct because taking a leave from work is not necessary based on the current data. It is important for the nurse to remind the client to increase fluid intake and to empty the bladder every 2 to 3 hours to decrease the risk for cystitis and UTIs.

  2. “Many individuals can handle going long periods without emptying the bladder.”
    • Rationale:

      This answer is not correct because while many individuals have a bladder capacity to hold a large amount of urine, urinary stasis is a primary cause of cystitis and UTI; therefore, this is not an appropriate teaching point for the nurse to provide to the client.

  3. “Don’t get so busy while working that you do not urinate for 8 – 10 hours.”
    • Rationale:

      This answer is correct because urinary stasis is the primary cause for cystitis and UTIs thus it is important for the nurse to remind the client to void every 2 to 3 hours to decrease the likelihood for developing symptoms.

  4. “Limit fluid intake while working so you will not have to go to the bathroom as much.”
    • Rationale:

      This answer is not correct because limiting fluid intake increases the likelihood for UTIs; therefore, this is not an appropriate statement from the nurse to the client.

Overview

Cystitis is the medical term for bladder inflammation. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are often the cause of cystitis.

Explanation

Learning Outcomes

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are often the cause of cystitis. It is important for the nurse to provide the client with accurate information to decrease the likelihood of cystitis which often leads to the development of UTIs. Urinary stasis increases the risk for cystitis and UTIs; therefore, it is important for the nurse to remind the client to void more frequently by stating, “Don’t get so busy while working that you do not urinate for 8 – 10 hours.”

Test Taking Tip

Consider each statement as true or false regarding methods to prevent and/or manage cystitis to answer this question correctly.

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