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New Recommendations for CAUTI Prevention

October 30, 2023

New Recommendations for CAUTI Prevention
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Updated and new recommendations for acute care hospitals to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) were published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. These recommendations were developed by experts from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), American Hospital Association (AHA) and The Joint Commission (TJC). It updates the Strategies to Prevent Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections in Acute-Care Hospitals published in 2014.

Some of the recommendations focus on:

  • Updated criteria for using, inserting and managing indwelling catheters
  • Strategies for urine-culture stewardship
  • Updated performance measures
  • Approaches that should not be used
  • Education and training
  • Infrastructure and resources
  • Alternatives to indwelling catheters
  • Timely removal of catheters

Read the published recommendations in this complete online article. 

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