What is a Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)?
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection involving any part of the urinary system, including the kidneys, urethra, bladder and ureters. UTIs are the most common type of healthcare associated infection.
Approximately 75% of UTIs acquired in hospital are associated with a urinary catheter, which is a tube inserted into the bladder through the urethra to drain urine. Between 15-25% of hospitalised patients receive urinary catheters during their hospital stay. The most important risk factor for developing a catheter-associated UTI (CAUTI) is prolonged use of the urinary catheter. Therefore, catheters should only be used for appropriate indications and should be removed as soon as they are no longer needed.
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