Strategies to Prevent Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections in Acute-Care Hospitals

Publication Date: August 25, 2023
Last Updated: November 15, 2023

Recommendations

Recommendations to Prevent CAUTI (Table 1)

Essential Practices

Infrastructure and resources
1. Perform a CAUTI risk assessment and implement an organization-wide program to identify and remove catheters that are no longer necessary using 1 or more methods documented to be effective.
  • Develop and implement institutional policy requiring periodic, usually daily, review of the necessity of continued catheterization.
  • Consider utilizing electronic or other types of reminders (see Supplementary Content, Appendices 2 [https://doi.org/10.1017/ice.2023.137] and 3 [https://doi.org/10.1017/ice.2023.137]) online) of the presence of a catheter and required criteria for continued use.
  • Conduct daily review during rounds of all patients with urinary catheters by nursing and physician staff to ascertain necessity of continuing catheter use.
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Overview

Title

Strategies to Prevent Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections in Acute-Care Hospitals

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