Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) are healthcare-associated infections occurring in some patients using urinary catheters. They are common, can cause significant patient-harm and suffering and can also lead to serious bloodstream infections, prolonged hospitalisation and increased healthcare expenditure. In many cases these problems are avoidable.
CAUTIs can be extremely distressing for patients – especially older people where can cause confusion, agitation and even delirium.
At the Health Innovation Network, we provide a number of resources for both clinicians and patients including guidance around TWOCing (trial without catheter) and management of catheters.