Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

  • Stephanie Nitzschke


Catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) Urinary tract infections are one of the most common causes of health-care-acquired infections and is a significant source of patient morbidity. CAUTIs are assocaited with increased length of stay as well as hospital costs and in some literature is associated with higher in hospital mortality. Many patients have indwelling catheters placed during their hospital admission with the prolonged use of a catheter as a risk factor for infection. The overall risk of infection in the intensive care unit occur at a rate of 1–4 per 1000 catheter days. CAUTIs are thought to be the source of bloodstream infections as well at approximately 1.4 bloodstream infections per 10,000 patient days.


Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) Urinary tract infection Catheter Infection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Trauma, Burn, Surgical Critical Care & Emergency General SurgeryBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA

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