Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)
Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) is the most prevalent healthcare associated infection (HAI) in NHS Scotland.
The interventions to reduce CAUTI focus 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. An outcome measure of catheter use has been developed to support clinical and improvement teams to understand the impact of the changes they have made to care processes.
Resources and downloads
- Useful links
Health Protection Scotland of evidence base and key recommendations are critical for improving and streamlining practices. The key recommendations are based on recommendations in the literature review.
Catheter insertion literature review
Catheter maintenance literature review
NICE evidence search
- Tools and materials
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
- Events and presentations
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)