In January of 2017, the CDC released an article stating that urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the fourth most common type of healthcare-associated infection, causing an increase in length of stay and cost of care. Twelve to 16 percent of all hospitalized patients will have an indwelling catheter during their stay. Each day the catheter remains in place increases the risk of a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) by 3 to 7 percent.
Reduction in CAUTIs is part of HealthInsight’s commitment to reducing patient harm by 20 percent over the next two years. HealthInsight’s plan for helping hospitals reduce CAUTIs will include technical assistance, self-assessment tools, educational webinars and conferences, and links to evidence-based best practices surrounding appropriate indications for catheterization, catheter insertion, maintenance and removal.