Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

This actionable evidence-based practice blueprint provides a checklist for clinicians to create an action plan to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections and ensure best patient care. This document is revised as needed to incorporate the latest best practices and gold standard of care. The e-book is available free of charge. © 2022 Patient Safety Movement Foundation.



The Challenge

The annual death rate from catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in the US is estimated to be 9,000–13,000, costing the healthcare system approximately $450 million. Complications with CAUTIs are the leading cause of sepsis in adults over 65, which itself is the tenth leading cause of death in the US. Because 17%–69% of CAUTIs are preventable, heightened precautions should be taken in the monitoring and prevention of cases. Translating best practices into reliable frontline processes may be challenging due to human factors in an ever-changing environment; however, many healthcare organizations have successfully implemented and sustained improvements to mitigate the impacts of CAUTI by incorporating our blueprints.