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Ascension Wisconsin Tool Box for Prevention of CAUTI.
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the fourth most common type of healthcare-associated infection.
- Almost all healthcare-associated UTIs are caused by instrumentation of the urinary tract, usually by means of a Foley catheter.
- Each day the Foley remains, a patient has a 3% - 7% increased risk of acquiring a catheter-associated urinary tract infection, or CAUTI.
- A CAUTI should be considered a “never-event”. The Ascension WI CAUTI workgroup has assembled the following resources below for CAUTI prevention.
CAUTI Prevention Resources
- Urinary Catheter Maintenance Video
- External Catheters
- AW Foley Policy
- Patient Education
- Culture of Culturing
- ED Strategies
Please note that local areas may have individual resource documents located in PolicyStat regarding male and female external catheters.
More to come ...
* Reducing indwelling urinary catheter use in the emergency department: a successful quality-improvement initiative. PMID 23477920.
* To Foley or Not To Foley: Emergency Nurses' Perceptions of Clinical Decision Making in the Use of Urinary Catheters in the Emergency Department. PMID 25555414.
* John Muir Health: Preventing CAUTI in the Emergency Department.
CAUTI Subject Matter Expert
Director Infection Prevention