Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common hospital-acquired infection, accounting for up to 40% of infections reported by acute care hospitals.1 The major risk factor associated with catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) is the presence of an indwelling urinary catheter. Despite efforts to reduce the occurrence of CAUTIs, their frequency increased 6% between 2009 and 2013.1 CAUTIs increase hospital cost and are associated with increased morbidity and mortality.2,3 CAUTIs are considered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to represent a reasonably preventable complication of hospitalization. As such, no additional payment is provided to hospitals for costs related to CAUTI treatment.4
Assess patient for accepted indications and alternatives before placement of any indwelling urinary catheter. [level A]
Adhere to aseptic technique for placement, manipulation, and maintenance of indwelling urinary catheters. [level C]
Document all instances...