Guidelines on Preventing Catheter-Associated UTIs Updated — Physician’s First Watch

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April 9, 2014

Guidelines on Preventing Catheter-Associated UTIs Updated

By Joe Elia

"Strategies to Prevent Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections in Acute Care Hospitals" — a collaboration among several organizations — has been updated in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

The update outlines the principal risk factors for UTIs. Among the studies incorporated in the update was one showing that a reminder to staff that a catheter was in place, or the presence of a stop order to prompt catheter removal, reduced infection rates by half.

Recommended strategies are also outlined, along with an assessment of the strength of the supporting evidence.

Reader Comments (4)

John McManus Physician, Family Medicine/General Practice

very neccessary

Richard demmler mg Physician, Geriatrics, nursing home, hospital

Our organization has a very compulsive program of Foley control but when the definition of catheter associated uti is any uti DX after admission, it gets difficult to change externally monitored results. It would seem that review of these outside consortium for proper reporting.

Joyce A Majure, MD, FACS Physician, Surgery, General, St Joseph Regional Medical Center

Your link goes to an article that explains how the guidelines were developed. I cannot find the actual strategies to prevent UTIs article. Please send that link if it is available.

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