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Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)

Urinary tract infection (UTI) is the most common type of healthcare-associated infection, accounting for approximately 36% of HAIs. Of those UTIs, 80% are catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI).

Annually, urinary catheters are inserted in over 5 million patients in acute care hospitals and long-term care facilities.

CAUTI infections create patient distress, discomfort, and substantial care burdens and costs.

This course is designed to improve patient outcomes by helping you to understand best practices in preventing CAUTI.

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe indications for indwelling urinary catheters
  • Identify risks for infection in a patient with an indwelling urinary catheter
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of CAUTI
  • List best practices for the prevention of CAUTI