Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) is the most prevalent
healthcare associated infection (HAI) worldwide.
Following a revised national definition, NHS boards tested methods of
measuring incidents of CAUTI and the processes that will reduce them.
The interventions have focused on the use of evidence-based bundles
for catheter insertion and maintenance to help avoid catheter insertion,
reduction of length of catheterisation and avoid cross-contamination.
Another outcome measure of catheter use has been developed and NHS
boards are now reporting a significant reduction in the number of people
with a catheter in pilot wards.