Catheter-associated urinary tract infections CAUTIs are a major cause of patient mortality and morbidity; and no longer reimbursable events for hospitals. Evidence-based research notes these infections are one of the preventable patient safety issues in the acute care setting. Nurses play a central role in providing indwelling "Foley" catheter care. Current nursing practices and evidence-based guidelines will be presented.
Illustrate the problem of CAUTIs.
Review the use of indwelling urinary catheters in acute care setting.
Identify nursing care practices in prevention of CAUTIs and the role of the urology nurse.
DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN,
Professor and Co-Director of the Penn Center for Continence and Pelvic Health,
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
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