Minnesota Hospital Association

Quality & Patient Safety

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 needed.   

Download the CAUTI road map.

The CAUTI road map is intended to be used in all patient care areas in acute care hospitals. The CAUTI toolkit below is a collection of supporting documents, resources and tools to assist hospitals in implementing the road map.

For more information, contact the MHA quality and patient safety team


  • "The CAUTI Can-Can" - presentation begins at 5:11
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  • Hennepin County Medical Center - Caitlin Eccles-Radtke, MD, Infectious Disease and CAUTI Prevention Champion, Laura Miller, RN, MICU Manager, Lynelle Scullard, RN, SICU Manager, Kathleen Steinmann, MT(ASCP), CIC Infection Prevention Aug. 22, 2017