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Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)

Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) Rate Chart

Why This Measure is Important

  • A urinary catheter is a thin tube that is inserted into the bladder through the urethra to drain urine when your child cannot urinate on his/her own.
  • Infections can sometimes occur when bacteria travel around or through the tube and enter the urinary tract.
  • CAUTIs can make patients sicker, extend hospital stays, and require treatment with antibiotics. These are all important reasons why we strive to reduce the risk and rate of these infections.
  • The risk of infection increases with the number of days a catheter is used. Proper care during insertion and ongoing care of the foley catheter contributes significantly to the reduction of infections.
  • The catheter should only be used when absolutely necessary.

What You Can Do

  • Always clean your and your child's hands before and after doing catheter care.
  • Always keep your urine bag below the level of your child's bladder.
  • Do not tug or pull on the tubing.
  • Do not twist or kink the catheter tubing.
  • Ask your healthcare provider each day if your child still needs the catheter.

How We Measure

  • The number of related infections per 1,000 catheter days.  Each day your child has a catheter in place counts as one catheter line day.
  • Our goal is to maintain infection rates lower than the national benchmark, ultimately driving towards zero.

What We Are Doing to Improve

  • Implemented a set of best practices, called bundles, to minimize the risk of these infections.
  • Monitor and report proper hand washing practices for all health care staff.
  • Participate in Solutions for Patient Safety, a national improvement collaborative focused on eliminating all patient harm by sharing ideas, data, and best practices among United States children’s hospitals.
  • The healthcare team reviews if the catheter is needed every day and removes when no longer needed.