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Learning Objectives

  • Appropriate catheter use
  • Proper technique
  • Regular removal assessment

Course Description

This course recruits learners to become part of the battle against catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), the leading cause of avoidable patient harm. There are three keystones for controlling CAUTI:

  • Use indwelling catheters only when appropriately indicated
  • Use proper technique for insertion and maintenance
  • Remove catheters when they are no longer indicated

A short bundle of protocols has been shown to be the most valuable tool in bringing these infections under control. CAUTI can be defeated. Multiple studies have shown that the prevalence of CAUTI can be reduced in hospital systems by 45% or more using the strategies taught in this course.

Author Information

Course development guided by the expertise of:

Cherie Frame RN, MSN, CIC, is the Infection Prevention Director for Intermountain Healthcare. Her portfolio of expertise includes, besides nursing, Critical Care, PICC line team, OR Nurse, Clinic Nurse, Care Management, Infection Prevention, and Nursing Leadership. She obtained her BSN from Brigham Young University and completed her MSN degree from Western Governors University. She obtained her National Certification in Infection Control and is a member of APIC.

Did You Know...

  • About 30 million Foley catheters are inserted each year in the United States
  • Every year, 1 million catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) occur
  • CAUTIs extend hospital stays by 2–3 extra days, at a cost of about $0.5 billion each year
  • Studies regularly find that as many as 50% of indwelling catheters in patients are unnecessary

Course at a Glance

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25 minutes

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Intermountain Healthcare

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