Very frustrated!! M-I-L with dementia in AL gets frequent UTIs. Each time this happens the staff say they are unable to get an uncontaminated urine sample from her. They push (or I could say try to bully us!) to take her to the E.R. where she can get a straight cath for a clean urine sample. So far we have avoided this as her MD has been willing to prescribe antibiotics (based on her history) pending a visit to the urologist. We've been able to get her into the urologist office within a couple days where the NP would do the straight cath to get a clean sample. Now the NP has left the practice and is not going to be replaced. The MDs will not do the procedure.
There just has to be a better way! I just can't believe it is in the best interests of M-I-L to spend hours in an E.R. waiting to be tested for a UTI! The only places, at least where we live, to have a straight cath done are an E.R. or urology practice.
I'm trying to be proactive and have a plan in place should the MD refuse to prescribe without test results next time.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.