Preventing CAUTI

Policy, Procedure & Guidlines

Guideline for the Prevention
of Healthcare-Associated
Urinary Tract Infections

The most effective way to reduce the number of these infections is to reduce the number of patients with indwelling urinary catheters and to reduce the number of days urinary catheters are in place

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Urinary Catheter: Insertion

To reduce the risk of catheter associated urinary tract infections, indwelling urinary catheters should be limited to appropriate clinical situations.

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Urinary Catheter: Removal

Assess the patient’s need for an indwelling urinary catheter daily. If the clinical indications are not met, pursue a physician’s order to discontinue.

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Bladder Scan

A non-invasive way to measure the volume of urine in the bladder.

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Urinary Catheterization:
Straight Catheterization

Catheter associated urinary tract infections are preventable. To reduce the risk for infection, use urinary catheters only when clinically indicated, as determined by evidence based guidelines.

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Nurse Driven Protocol for
Indwelling Catheter Removal

Verify patient has a written order for nurse driven protocol

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