Our Universe Revealed: What's the Most Common Hospital Infection? It's not what you may think...

Location: St. Joe County Public Library, 304 S. Main St., South Bend

Ana Lidia Flores-Mireles, Ph.D.
Hawk Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
University of Notre Dame

Urinary catheters are flexible tubes that help to empty patients’ bladders, and catheterization is a common procedure in hospitals and nursing homes. However, placement of a catheter often causes urinary tract infection, which is the most common hospital infection. New research shows how catheterization changes the bladder environment, and how a promising new intervention strategy reduces bladder infections.