Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection

What is a Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)?

Some children, when hospitalized, may require a urinary catheter to be placed into their bladder to help monitor their urine output.  If the child develops an infection in their urine while the catheter is in place, this is considered a CAUTI.

How do we keep your child safe here at SPUH when they have a urinary catheter in place?
  • Frequent hand hygiene is an easy but effective way to prevent infections.
  • Urinary catheter insertions are done using a sterile technique.
  • The need for the urinary catheter will be assessed daily and be removed as soon as it is no longer needed.
How often do catheter-associated urinary tract infections occur at SPUH?

Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection rates are reported as the number of CAUTI events per 1,000 urinary catheter days.  There were zero catheter-associated urinary tract infections from Q2 2021- Q1 2022.

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