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Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections - How Do You Prevent CAUTI?

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Urinary tract infections (UTI) are the most common hospital-acquired infection. About 75% of hospital-acquired UTIs are associated with indwelling urinary catheters (IDC). This is significant, given that there is a 15 to 25% chance of a hospitalised patient needing a catheter during their stay.

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Urinary tract infections (UTI) are the most common hospital-acquired infection affecting individuals today. About 75% of hospital-acquired UTIs are associated with the use of an indwelling urinary catheter (IDC). This is a significant number, considering that there is a 15 to 25% chance of a hospitalised patient needing a catheter inserted at some point during their stay. These infections, due to their aetiology, are commonly referred to as catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). IDCs are associated with many negative outcomes, and in addition to potentially developing an infection, the patient may also experience urethral strictures, mechanical trauma, nonbacterial urethral inflammation or impaired mobility. CAUTIs have also been found to result in an increased length of stay in hospital for the patient, and are associated with an increased risk of mortality

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Sally Moyle
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Nurse Educator
Sally Moyle is a rehabilitation nurse educator with Epworth HealthCare. She has completed her masters of nursing (clinical nursing and teaching) and has experience in many nursing sectors including rehabilitation, orthopaedic, neurosurgery, emergency, aged care and general surgery. Sally is passionate about education in nursing in order to produce the best nurses possible.
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Clear and concise.
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Karen Innes
28 Dec 2020
An area that demonstrates a need for workers to be better informed about their practices and role in the prevention and control of infection.
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Louise Bennett
17 Nov 2020
This resource has been a refresher for my knowledge of indwelling catheters, as well as new information has been given to me about how to detect an infection, especially in a patient who does not communicate effectively.
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14 Sep 2021
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Great article on idc
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Very informative in regards to infection control and prevention.
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