HAIs: Types and Pathogens

Stop Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) in Critically Ill Patients

  • Posted: September 30, 2016
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What the science and evidence show:

CAUTI is a serious patient safety issue.

  • Complications associated with CAUTI result in increased length of stay, patient discomfort, excess healthcare costs, and even death.
  • It’s about more than just the Foley: Unnecessary catheterization puts patients at risk for urinary tract infections and may cause other complications such as multidrug-resistant organisms, additional antibiotics leading to increased risk of C. difficile infection, immobility (a.k.a. Foley as a “one-point restraint”), hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, falls, and venous thromboembolism.
  • Not all critically ill, immobile patients need Foley catheters. All team members—from frontline staff to leaders—have a responsibility to help prevent CAUTI.
  • CAUTI prevention is also tied to the “bottom line” with potential financial implications associated with CMS and Healthcare Acquired Conditions, Value Based Purchasing, and population health.
  • CAUTI outcome measures are used to assess performance.

Learn more about how to stop catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in critically ill patients.