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Surg Clin North Am. 2014 Dec;94(6):1351-68. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2014.08.007. Epub 2014 Oct 3.

Urinary tract infections in surgical patients.

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1
Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, 1200 East Broad Street, PO Box 980454, Richmond, VA 23298, USA.
2
JPS Health Network, Department of Surgery, 1500 S. Main Street, 3rd Floor OPC Suite 300, Ft. Worth, TX 76104, USA. Electronic address: tduane@jpshealth.org.

Abstract

Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) are common in surgical patients. CAUTI are associated with adverse patient outcomes, and negatively affects public safety reporting and reimbursement. Inappropriate catheter use and prolonged catheter duration are major risk factors for CAUTI. CAUTI pathogenesis and treatment are complicated by the presence of biofilms. Prevention strategies include accurate identification and tracking of CAUTIs, and the development of institutional guidelines for the appropriate use, duration, alternatives, and removal of indwelling urinary catheters.

KEYWORDS:

CAUTI; Catheter-associated urinary tract infection; Hospital acquired conditions; Patient safety; Urinary tract infections; Urosepsis

PMID:
25440128
DOI:
10.1016/j.suc.2014.08.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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