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 catheter-associated urinary tract infections occur at BMSCH?
Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection rates are reported in the number of events per 1,000 catheter days. In the year 2016, we we had three catheter-associated urinary tract infections.