Quality statement 4: Information about recognising re-infection

Quality statement

Children and young people who have had a urinary tract infection are given information about how to recognise re-infection and to seek medical advice straight away.

Rationale

Some children and young people will experience a recurrence of urinary tract infection, and it is important that such infections are recognised and treated quickly to reduce the risk of complications.

Children and young people (and parents and carers) should be aware of the importance of seeking medical advice straight away if they think there is another urinary tract infection.

Quality measure

Structure

Evidence of local arrangements to ensure that children and young people (under 16 years) who have had a urinary tract infection are given information about how to recognise re-infection and to seek medical advice straight away.

Data source: Local data collection

Process

Proportion of children and young people who have had a urinary tract infection who receive information about how to recognise re-infection and to seek medical advice straight away.

Numerator – the number of people in the denominator who receive information about how to recognise re-infection and to seek medical advice straight away.

Denominator – the number of children and young people (under 16 years) who have had a urinary tract infection.

Data source: Local data collection.

Outcome

Patient satisfaction with information received about how to recognise re-infection and to seek medical advice straight away.

Data source: Local data collection.

What the quality statement means for different audiences

Service providers ensure that systems are in place to give children and young people who have had a urinary tract infection information about how to recognise re-infection and to seek medical advice straight away.

Healthcare practitioners give information to children and young people who have had a urinary tract infection, and/or their parents or carers, about how to recognise re-infection and to seek medical advice straight away.

Commissioners ensure that they commission services in which children and young people who have had a urinary tract infection, and/or their parents or carers, are given information about how to recognise re-infection and to seek medical advice straight away.

Children and young people under 16 who have had a urinary tract infection, and/or their parents or carers, are given information about how to recognise if they have another infection and to seek medical advice straight away.

Source guidance

Urinary tract infection in under 16s: diagnosis and management (2018) NICE guideline CG54, recommendation 1.6.1.2

Definitions of terms used in this quality statement

The healthcare practitioner (for example, a GP or hospital paediatrician) should give children and young people who have had a confirmed urinary tract infection, and/or their parents or carers, information and advice about possible re-infection and the importance of seeking medical advice straight away if there are signs of another urinary tract infection.

Equality and diversity considerations

Treatment and care, and the information given about it, should be culturally appropriate. It should also be accessible to people with additional needs such as physical, sensory or learning disabilities, and to people who do not speak or read English.

Children and young people with a suspected or confirmed urinary tract infection, or their parents or carers, should have access to an interpreter or advocate if needed.