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Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)
At the Johns Hopkins Hospital, we perform CAUTI surveillance in all of our adult intensive care units (ICUs). We utilize surveillance definitions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). Surveillance began in July 2011. CAUTI rates are expressed as the number of infections per 1000 urinary catheter-days. Our CAUTI prevention program is currently being implemented and includes efforts and programs to reduce the number of urinary catheter days by prompting catheter removal, improve urine sample collection procedures for urine cultures, and monitor and sustain evidence-based best practices for urinary catheter insertion and maintenance.
Tools and Resources
- Evidence-based best practices for CAUTI Prevention
- Podcast about CAUTI Prevention
- SHEA-IDSA Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections in Acute Care Hospitals
- HICPAC Guideline for Prevention of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections, 2009
- CAUTI Guideline Fast Facts