IP Indian Journal of Immunology and Respiratory Medicine


Catheter associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI)—Prevention better than cure


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Author Details: Gautam Rawal, Sankalp Yadav, Sujana R

Volume : 2

Issue : 1

Online ISSN : 2581-4222

Print ISSN : 2581-4214

Article First Page : 1

Article End Page : 3


Abstract

Catheter associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) is the most common healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) worldwide. It has been of major concern causing increased morbidity and mortality and discomfort with extra financial burden and longer duration of stay of the hospitalized patients. The implementation of evidence based guidelines and the proper surveillance of CAUTI by the health care facilities, play a major role in its prevention. The various research and studies have proved that the most important determinant of CAUTI is the duration of an indwelling urinary catheter. Thus restricting the use of catheter only when indicated and its early removal forms the most important preventive strategy. The authors emphasize the importance of prevention of CAUTI with good and meticulous infection control policies.

Keywords:
Bacteriuria; CAUTI; Healthcare associated infection; Urinary catheter; Urinary tract infection