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Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)

What Are We Tracking And Why? 

We track the number of infections developed by patients because of urinary catheters. We look at the rate of infection by the number of catheter days (number of patients in a day with a urinary catheter).

For some patients, a urinary catheter is necessary because mobility is a concern due to their injury or illness, compromised balance or strength due to medication, or a number of other reasons. Sometimes, patients can develop urinary tract infections associated with catheters. This is called a "Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection", and it can be a serious complication.

How Are We Doing? 

We track catheter-associated urinary tract infection rates and we compare our performance to national rates published by the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). We report data on care to the Military Health System, NHSN, and other safety organizations. The information that we report is available in the table below.



What Are We Doing To Improve? 

We have ongoing efforts aimed at preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infections. Our efforts include monitoring the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) best practice techniques, such as hand hygiene, using full barrier precautions during the catheter insertion, cleaning the area prior to insertion, and early line removal, when possible.

What Can You Do? 

Patients are encouraged to ask their care team to take the required precautions to reduce the risk of infection during insertion of any catheter. Similarly, it is important to have the catheter removed as soon as it is no longer necessary, and ensure that best practices are used to maintain the cleanliness of the catheter while it is in use. It is important to note that catheters should not be removed for convenience. They are inserted because they are medically necessary. Prematurely removing a catheter can lead to other medical issues, including falls and injuries of patients who are not fully mobile.