Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

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Research and practice have both shown that the main cause of frequent UTI in hospital has been urethral catheter for the patients. Meddings, Reichert, Robers, Saint, Stephansky & McMahon (2012) find that most (59% to 86%) hospital-acquired urinary tract infections (UTIs) are catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) (p. 305). According to Dailly (2011), "approximately 20 per cent of all healthcare-associated infections are urinary tract infections (UTIs), with an estimated 80 per cent of those linked to urethral catheters," (p. 14). "It is estimated that 2 6% of people with catheters will develop a UTI," (Slater, n.d., p. 168).
Catheter-related urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) occur most often in elderly patients, patients with stroke, or neurological and neuron-surgical patients admitted in my department who frequently need the use of catheters (Pratt & Pellowe, 2010). UTI is in fact one of the most commonly acquired hospital infection. Rao, Lin, Rao, & Yu (2011) state that about 40% of all nonnosocomial infections are CAUTIs.
UTI is an infection of the urethra, bladder, ureters and kidneys that occurs when bacteria gain access to the urinary system (Dailly, 2011). This makes a patient's urine to contain bacteria during a laboratory test, and this bacteria is more prone to being active when…
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