Discussion – Week 10
Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused by bacteriaâ€”most
often Escherichia coli. However, certain viruses, fungi, and parasites can also
lead to infection. The infection can affect the lower and upper urinary tract,
including the urethra, prostate (in males), bladder, ureter, and kidney. Due to
the progression of the disease and human anatomy, symptoms present differently
among the sexes as well as among age groups. It is important to understand how
these factors, as well as others, impact the pathophysiology of UTIs. Advanced
practice nurses must have this foundation in order to properly diagnose
Chapter 29 in the Huether and McCance text. Identify the pathophysiology of
lower and upper urinary tract infections. Consider the similarities and
differences between the two types of infections.
Â· Select two
of the following patient factors: genetics, gender, ethnicity, age, or
behavior. Reflect on how the factors you selected might impact the
pathophysiology of the infections, as well as the diagnosis of and treatment
for the infections.
By Day 3
Post a description of the pathophysiology of lower and upper
urinary tract infections, including their similarities and differences. Then
explain how the factors you selected might impact the pathophysiology of the
infections, as well as the diagnosis of and treatment for the infections.
Read a selection of your colleaguesâ€™ responses.
By Day 6
Respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different
days who selected at least one different factor than you, in one or more of the
alternative diagnoses and prescription of treatment options for urinary tract
Â· Share an
insight from having read your colleagueâ€™s posting, synthesizing the information
to provide new perspectives.
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