Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

Posted on March 26 2012

Long term catheterization is typically a last resort for the treatment of incontinence issues, but is sometimes warranted for individuals particularly in long term care settings. Due to the prevalence of nosocomial infection, education, products, and training have focused on preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections. The most effective prevention of CAUTI is in education and documentation.

The growth of bacteria around catheter surfaces is common and does not necessarily lead to CAUTI, however, up to 86% of nosocomial infections have been traced back to catheterizations. Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections can save individuals, insurers, and facilities significantly in care and expense while reducing the risk of sepsis.

The most effective method for preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections is education and documentation. Visual inspection alone is not a significant enough sign to diagnose buildup or crusting as CAUTI. Regular temperature monitoring will help identify the presence of infection, but must be used in conjunction with that individual's baseline readings. For example, a temperature of 101.5 degrees may not be high for someone who normally reads at 98.6, but is for a person who measures 96.5 degrees. The next warning sign to observe is renal dysfunction or persistent overflow incontinence.

The effective prevention of CAUTI is rooted in caregiver knowledge and regular patient monitoring. Early detection of issues can prevent serious health risks that could be as detrimental as sepsis. Ensure the satisfaction of patients and the highest quality of care by monitoring patient risk and utilizing products that are designed for preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infections.


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