Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS)

Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)
22D Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

The Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections APSS Blueprint outlines actionable steps healthcare organizations should take to successfully implement and sustain improvements in order to reduce catheter related morbidity and mortality. Actionable steps to improve catheter-associated urinary tract infection rates and summaries of available evidence-based practice protocols are included:

  • Leadership checklist guide to determine whether current evidence-based guidelines are being followed in your organization
  • Performance improvement plan to follow if improvements are necessary
  • Clinical workflow for catheter-associated urinary tract infection prevention and recognition across the continuum
  • Knowledge base on early detection and treatment of catheter-associated urinary tract infection
  • How to educate patients and family members about catheter-associated urinary tract infection prevention, recognition, and treatment
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infection resource guide 
  • Guidance on how to measure outcomes

The Blueprint is revised annually and is available free of charge on our website.

Hospitals who make a formal commitment to improve catheter-associated urinary tract infection rates and share their successes on the PSMF website have access to an additional level of consulting services.

Executive summary

The Problem Urinary tract infections (UTI) account for 30% of all healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and 15-25% of patients receive a urinary catheter. Because 17%-69% of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) are preventable, including 380,000 cases and 9,000 deaths annually, and because the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) defined CAUTI as

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