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.

Driver Diagram


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

Key recommendations 

NICE evidence search

Further reading

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. 

Flash reports

SPSP Networking Day - CAUTI (PDF)

NHS Orkney (PDF)

NHS Dumfries & Galloway (PDF)

NHS Highland (PDF)


NHS Lanarkshire - A whole system approach to reducing harm (PDF)

World Cafe comments (PDF)