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catheter associated urinary tract infections

why is this a priority for us?

  • Catheters are used to drain bladders and measure urine volumes
  • When a catheter is inserted, or remains in place for a lengthy period of time there is an increased risk for developing infection

who’s at greatest risk?

  • Patients who require urinary catheters for a prolonged period
  • Patients who are diapered
  • Patients who need to be transported between units when the drainage bag might be placed above the patient’s bladder

what are we doing to help reduce infections?

  • We ask daily if the catheter is still needed and remove it as soon as it is not
  • Use sterile technique when placing the catheter
  • Daily cleanse the area around the catheter
  • Make sure the bag holding the urine is kept below the bladder so there is no back flow of urine
  • Maintain good hand hygiene

what do we measure?

  • We measure the number of urinary tract infections in patients with catheters per 1000 catheter days