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Learning Objectives

CAUTI (RN)

  • Summarize the prevalence and risk factors associated with CAUTI
  • Identify when the indwelling catheters are indicated and when they should be removed
  • Display proper insertion and maintenance techniques
  • Demonstrate how to position and manage urinary catheter equipment, including catheters, lines, and collection bags
  • Distinguish between indications for indwelling urinary catheters and intermittent catheterization
  • Explain how to collect urine specimens in the presence of a catheter

CAUTI (PCT)

  • Demonstrate how to position and manage urinary catheter equipment, including catheters, lines, and collection bags
  • Identify when urinary catheters need to be replaced and notify appropriate staff
  • Perform appropriate cleaning and care of patients with catheters
  • Ensure patients with catheters are transported correctly

CAUTI (Providers)

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

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.

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

target audience icon Target Audience:

Providers, Patient Care Technicians, Nurses, Ancillary Care Staff

time to complete icon Average Completion Time:

25 minutes

contributor icon Co-development Partner:

Intermountain Healthcare, MedStar Health

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