Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection

Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection is a topic covered in the Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics.

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General Principles

  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) is the most common HAI.
  • E. coli, other gram-negative enterics, P. aeruginosa, gram-positives (staphylococci, enterococci), and yeast are commonly isolated from catheterized urine.
  • Aseptic technique during insertion of a catheter is of utmost importance for prevention of CAUTI as well as prompt removal of the catheter when no longer needed.

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