Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection

A catheter is used to drain urine from the bladder and is common during a hospital stay. The catheter must be properly cleaned. Otherwise, it can cause a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) – an infection in any part of your urinary system, such as the kidneys or bladder caused by the catheter.

Our team follows proper catheter maintenance practices, including daily monitoring of the indwelling urinary catheters for prompt removal.

Graph showing the decreasing rate of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) from fiscal year 2012 to second quarter fiscal year 2024

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What you can do to help:

  • Remind anyone who is around the patient – visitors, medical staff, etc. to clean their hands and sanitize
  • Clean your hands before and after you touch your child
  • Keep the drainage bag below the level of your bladder
  • Keep your drainage bag off the floor at all times
  • Don't lie on your catheter or block the flow of urine in the tubing
  • Shower daily to keep the catheter clean

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