Science Alert: Prevention of CAUTI - Restricted indwelling catheter use

February 7, 2017

Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) is a hassle and a great contributor to the wide spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Recent research shows that inappropriate use of urethral indwelling catheters in hospitals is one main reason behind CAUTIs.


Indwelling catheter use in hospital can however be influenced by implementing and using a more conservative approach.

You will find a summary from these articles in this blog post! 

Inappropriate urinary catheter reinsertion in hospitalized older patients.

Author and Origin

Hu FW, Tsai CH, Lin HS, Chen CH, Chang CM. Taiwan


Observational prospective study on indwelling catheter use in 321 hospitalized older patients.


Inappropriate catheter use was common. For example, almost half of all catheter reinsertions lacked a clear reason. Catheter use was found to be a predictor for prolonged hospital stays and complications.


Study showing the common inappropriate use of indwelling catheters in hospitalized older patients.

Omitting perioperative urinary catheterization in laparoscopic cholecystectomy: a single-institution experience.

Author and Origin 

Hata T, Noda T, Shimizu J, Hatano H, Dono K. Japan


Observational study of urinary complications in 192 patients undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy, with or without placement of a urinary indwelling catheter.


Fewer urinary complications and slightly shorter hospital stays were observed in the non-catheterized group. Urinary retention occurred in 1.6% and was resolved after temporary catheterization.


Study showing successful implementation of a restricted indwelling catheter use protocol in hospital care.

To learn more, please click the button to download the Scientific Review "Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)", a summary of current research in this field. 

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This blog post covers the topic CAUTI and is an excerpt of Janury's Science Alert. To download the entire Science Alert, please click the button below.

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This blog post is an extract from the Science Alert from January 2017 (76040-USX-1701)

Topics: Science Alert, Catheter-associated UTI (CAUTI)