Study: Catheter use may lead to infection

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

July 29, 2015

A recent study finds that 80% of hospital invention preventionists believe that a Foley catheter can cause trauma to the wall or lining of the bladder. This trauma can lead to catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), a preventable condition.
Additionally, 83% of respondents reported trauma to the bladder increases the risk of CAUTIs and a majority of respondents reported their nurses don’t adequately comply with CAUTI protocols.
According to the CDC, more than 560,000 cases of CAUTIs are reported per year and 13,000 deaths have been linked to the infection.

The survey was sent to more than 800 healthcare professionals with 160 complete responses. The survey can be viewed here.