Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)

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ANT 9/2015
From ANT, September 2015 Vol. 10 No. 9

By the Numbers

  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the fourth most common type of healthcare-associated infection, with an estimated 93,300 UTIs in acute care hospitals in 2011, accounting for more than 12% of infections reported by acute care hospitals
  • Among UTIs acquired in the hospital, approximately 75% are associated with a urinary catheter
  • The most important risk factor for developing a catheter-associated UTI (CAUTI) is prolonged use of the urinary catheter
  • However, by using evidence based infection prevention & control steps:
    • No increase in overall CAUTIs in acute care hospitals between 2009 and 2014
    • 11% decrease in CAUTI in long term care facilities between 2013 and 2014
    • 14% decrease in CAUTI in inpatient rehabilitation facilities between 2013 and 2014

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