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CAUTI (catheter-associated UTI)
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CAUTI (Catheter-associated UTI)
Urinary tract infections have been found to account for up to 40% of annual healthcare-associated infections and as much as 80% of these can be attributed to indwelling urethral catheters. Application of evidence-based catheter insertion and maintenance guidelines has lead to considerable reductions in catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) rates. Risk of developing a urinary tract infection is directly related to duration of catheterisation.
Although CAUTIs are not usually life-threatening, complications of CAUTI (e.g. urethritis, urethral strictures, haematuria, bladder obstruction, and sepsis) do cause suffering and can increase a patient’s length of stay in hospital with resultant increase in costs.
CAUTI How to Guide
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
CAUTI 1 pager
The CAUTI Bundle
Literature & References
IHI 5 Million Lives
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