Scottish Surveillance of Healthcare Associated Infection Programme (SSHAIP)



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Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) Insertion Checklist - Statement of Commitment 10 Mar 2008



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Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) is the second leading cause of device-related bacteraemia. They increase the risk of UTI by:

  • enabling organisms to gain entry to the bladder - via external surface or opened connection
  • reducing the bodys defence of flushing out organisms during mictuition
  • facilitating biofilm formation

The organisms causing CAUTI, can be endogenous - from the patient's own gut flora, or cross-transmitted through poor infection control practices.

The CAUTI Insertion Pack would be useful to improve practice in areas where urinary catheters are inserted, but patients are transferred to another area for ongoing care eg, theatres, emergency receiving wards etc. It can also be used in wards that want to ensure that their care is optimal at both insertion and for as long as the catheter remains in situ.

This is the CAUTI Insertion Checklist - Statement of Commitment. For further information and resources, please see the CAUTI Prevention Bundle page.

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Last Updated : 31/08/2017