Preventing and Reporting Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

What is a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI)?

While hospitalized, some children may require a urinary catheter placed into their bladder to help monitor or treat certain conditions. If the patient experiences an infection (germs found in their urine) while this catheter in inserted, it is considered a CAUTI.

How do we make your child safer?

  • Hand hygiene is always an important mechanism for infection prevention.
  • Catheter placement is done in a sterile manner.
  • Your child’s medical team will discuss the need for the catheter daily, and we remove as soon as it is no longer needed.

How often do CAUTIs occur at BMSCH?

BMSCH Catheter-Associated UTIs

The black line in the chart is a trendline. It indicates that CAUTIs have decreased at a steady rate.

CAUTI rates are reported in the number of events per 1,000 catheter days. In the year 2019, there were no CAUTIs in BMSCH.

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