Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections
The urinary tract infection (UTI) is the most
common type of health care-associated infection. According to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 75 percent of UTIs are
associated with urinary catheters. The most important risk factor for
developing a catheter-associated UTI (CAUTI) is prolonged use of the urinary
catheter. For every day that a urinary catheter remains in the body, the
risk of CAUTI increases 5 percent. It is estimated that half of the patients
with urinary catheters do not have an appropriate indication for placement.
Therefore, to prevent CAUTIs from occurring, catheters must be used only for
appropriate indications and must be removed as soon as they are no longer
The Cut CAUTI bundle is intended to be used in all patient care areas in acute care hospitals. The toolkit and general resources are a collection of supporting resources and tools to assist hospitals in implementing the bundle.