Medical/Surgical Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)

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An indwelling urinary catheter is a tube that is placed into the bladder to collect urine.  A catheter associated urinary tract infection can occur when a urinary catheter is in place and germs are present.

Standardized Infection Ratio (SIR)

If the SIR is  = to 1 then the number of actual infections is the same as the number predicted
If the SIR is <1 then the number of actual infections is less than the number predicted
If the SIR is >1 then the number of actual infections is greater than the number predicted.

What we are doing to reduce catheter associated urinary tract infections

To prevent catheter associated urinary tract infections, our doctors, nurses, and other health care providers:

  • Only use a urinary catheter when it is medically necessary
  • Clean their hands with soap and water or an alcohol based hand rub, and put on gloves before putting in and taking out a catheter
  • Clean the patient's skin with an antiseptic cleaner before putting in the catheter
  • Clean the catheter daily and as needed
  • Empty the catheter on a regular basis
  • Handle the catheter with care to prevent opportunity for infection
  • Decide every day whether the patient still needs to have a urinary catheter and remove it as soon as possible