An indwelling urinary catheter is a tube that is placed into the bladder to collect urine. A catheter associated urinary tract infection can occur when a urinary catheter is in place and germs are present.
To prevent catheter associated urinary tract infections, our doctors, nurses, and other health care providers:
By following best practices throughout the hospital and staying up-to-date with new practices, we have reduced urinary catheter infection rates over time.
Patients and their families can also help reduce the incidence of catheter associated urinary tract infections. Download this catheter associated urinary tract infection fact sheet to see what preventive measures you and your family can take.
An indwelling urinary catheter (IUC) is a tube that is placed in the bladder to drain urine. It is placed in the bladder and takes the place of urinating (peeing). It is often used when patients cannot urinate on their own or when patients need to be closely monitored for how much urine they are making. It is sometimes used during surgery or for kidney and bladder testing.
Although there are benefits to using a urinary catheter, healthcare providers try not to put them in unless they are necessary to a patient’s health. Complications can be dangerous and expensive to treat.
An indwelling urinary catheter increases the chance of having a urinary tract infection. Germs that cause infection can enter the urinary tract when a catheter is inserted and/or while it stays in place.
In order to prevent catheter associated urinary tract infections, BWH has created a task force to support improvement initiatives.
BWH has created and implemented multiple projects to prevent catheter associated urinary tract infections.
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