Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)

catheter-associated urinary tract infection
A catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) occurs when germs (usually bacteria) enter the urinary tract through the urinary catheter and cause infection. According to the CDC, CAUTIs have been associated with increased illness, healthcare costs and hospital length of stay.

Learn from wound, ostomy and continence nurse with CHC Solutions, Inc., Cheryl Hutton, on how to treat and help reduce the risk of CAUTIs.

How to Help Prevent CAUTIs

Individuals with a urinary catheter can take precautions to help prevent CAUTIs. Learn what you can do:

  • Wash your hands before and after touching the catheter.
  • Place the catheter using the proper sterile technique.
  • Check the position of the urine bag. It should always be below the level of the bladder.
  • Do not tug or pull on the tubing.
  • Do not twist or kink the catheter tubing.

Make sure you understand when and why you need a catheter. This can also help prevent CAUTIs. Ask your healthcare provider frequently if you still need a catheter. Use it only when needed and remove it as soon as possible. According to the CDC, the most prevalent risk factor for developing a CAUTI is the prolonged use of a catheter.

How to Treat CAUTIs

Talk with your doctor to determine the best treatment for you. In most cases, treatments include antibiotics. Also, your doctor may advise you to remove or change the catheter.

Above all, talk with your doctor if you believe you have a CAUTI. They will recommend the best course of treatment. Also, follow these tips to help prevent one from occurring.

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