Most hospital staff realize that the use of urinary catheters –-the dominant risk factor for healthcare-associated UTI– should be minimized for many important reasons:
- the risk of the infection to the patient,
- the risk of further complications such as urosepsis, antimicrobial overuse, patient immobility and discomfort,
- even non-reimbursement due to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) rule changes.
However, achieving a reduction in indwelling Foley catheter use can be challenging and the best way to do that can and does vary from not only hospital to hospital, but potentially from unit to unit as well. For guidance from top medical professionals who are passionate about reducing CAUTI risks please visit the informative links found under the Resources tab.