Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) make up to about 40 % of all healthcare associated infections, and about 13,000 patients die yearly from Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) complications. Urinary catheters at times maybe unjustified or inappropriate, which can potentially create increased hospital costs, patient discomfort and pain, length of hospital stay. And even death. The longer the catheter is left in place also increases the patient’s risk of developing a CAUTI. CAUTI bundle packages have been found to be effective in reducing CAUTI rates when used consistently. The bundle is a combination of evidence-based practice policies, nurse and patient education, staff engagement, and close monitoring and has shown to be more effective than the use of individually selected interventions.
This paper reviews ways to increase compliance of nurses and other healthcare staff in using the CAUTI bundles. It is hoped this study will inform healthcare practitioners and patients about bundle practices that will reduce catheter utilization and CAUTI rates.
Date of publication
MSN Capstone Project
Masters in Nursing - Administration
Shambare, Tendai B., "Reducing Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) Rates Benchmark Study" (2020). MSN Capstone Projects. Paper 41.