Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)
Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) is the most prevalent healthcare associated infection (HAI) worldwide.
Following a revised national definition, NHS boards tested methods of measuring incidents of CAUTI and the processes that will reduce them. The interventions have focused on the use of evidence-based bundles for catheter insertion and maintenance to help avoid catheter insertion, reduction of length of catheterisation and avoid cross-contamination. Another outcome measure of catheter use has been developed and NHS boards are now reporting a significant reduction in the number of people with a catheter in pilot wards.
Health Protection Scotland review of evidence base and expert opinion to ensure key recommendations are the most critical for improving and streamlining practices. The key recommendations come from the recommendations in the literature review.
Catheter insertion literature review
Catheter insertion maintenance review
NICE evidence search
CAUTI Acute Settings Cause and Effect Chart
Bundle for preventing infection when inserting and maintaining a Urinary Catheter (acute settings)
Bundle for preventing urinary tract infections in community settings when inserting and maintaining a urinary catheter
Decision aid for diagnosis and management of suspected urinary tract infection (UTI) in people with indwelling catheter
CAUTI Insertion and Maintenance Bundles
Reducing CAUTI is a continued aim for the Acute Adult and HAI improvement programmes and this half day networking event focused on the ambition to reduce CAUTI across NHS Scotland.
NHS Orkney (PDF)
NHS Dumfries & Galloway (PDF)
NHS Highland (PDF)