Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

It pays to prevent CAUTIs. 

Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) are the second most common source of secondary bloodstream infections in hospitalized patients. CAUTIs can cause patient discomfort, increase the time they spend in the hospital and cost hospitals between $740 to $1,007 per patient. 

How IHA can help 

IHA has educated members about CAUTI prevention by producing original webinars, facilitating regional CAUTI roadshows for member hospitals and sharing resources from Dr. Sanjay Saint, a nationally recognized CAUTI prevention leader. 

One presentation given at an IHA Regional Roadshow by Karen M. Jones, RN, BSN, SANE-A, outlined how understanding catheters can help prevent CAUTIs: 

Know your catheter 

  • Know when you need it (indications) 
  • Know how to place it (insertion) 
  • Know how to care for it (maintenance) 
  • Know when it is no longer needed (continued use) 

Download Karen’s presentation in its entirety — and the three other IHA Regional Roadshow presentations — below. 

»   Find out more about CAUTIs.