Control of the duration of urinary catheterization: impact on catheter-associated urinary tract infection

J Crouzet, X Bertrand, A G Venier, M Badoz, C Husson, D Talon
Journal of Hospital Infection 2007, 67 (3): 253-7
Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) is one of the most common types of nosocomial infection. Reducing the duration of catheterization may be a key intervention in CAUTI prevention. We carried out a prospective time-sequence, non-randomized intervention study in five departments of our university hospital. We wished to determine the impact of daily reminders from nurses to physicians to remove unnecessary urinary catheters four days after insertion. The intervention significantly decreased the duration of catheterization in two out of five departments. The frequency of late CAUTI (LCAUTI) among catheterized patients in all five departments decreased from 10.6 to 1.1 per 100 patients (P = 0.003) and the incidence of LCAUTI decreased from 12.3 to 1.8 per 1000 catheter-days (P = 0.03). Logistic regression analysis showed that duration of catheterization and iterative catheter changes were associated with LCAUTI. This study demonstrates that a simple measure can reduce the frequency of LCAUTI.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Related Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.


Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"