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5. Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (1 CEU)

March 2, 2021

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection involving any part of the urinary system, including urethra, bladder, ureters, and kidney. UTIs are the most common type of healthcare-associated infection reported to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). Among UTIs acquired in the hospital, approximately 75% are associated with a urinary catheter, which is a tube inserted into the bladder through the urethra to drain urine. Between 15-25% of hospitalized patients receive urinary catheters during their hospital stay. About 95% of UTIs occur when bacteria ascend the urethra to the bladder. The risk of a UTI increases 5% each day the urinary catheter remains in place.  What is shocking is; up to 69% of CAUTI may be preventable.

CAUTI is the leading cause of secondary hospital acquired blood stream infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are tied with pneumonia as the second most common type of healthcare-associated infection . CDC reports that UTIs account for more than 15% of infections reported by acute care hospitals. It is important to remember that the vast majority of UTI’s are caused by perineal bacteria ascending from the urethra, into the bladder, and then up the ureters to the kidney

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course, the nurse assistant is expected to be able to understand the signs and symptoms of UTI’s
The nurse assistant will be able to explain the risks factors of a CAUTI
The nurse assistant will be able to understand the prevalence of CAUTI’s
The nurse assistant will be able to implement measures to reduce CAUTI’s in acute care settings

Instructions for taking the course

To complete the course successfully, you must go through all the lessons below. You MUST mark each lesson as complete by clicking the MARK COMPLETE BUTTON. If you do not click the mark complete button, you will not be allowed to proceed to the next lesson. Please notice that all lessons have a minimum set amount of time that you are expected to spend on each lesson. You will not be allowed to Mark the Lesson Complete until the timer resets to zero; that is, until the minimum time set for the course has passed. For example if lesson A has an allocated minimum time of 10 minutes, you will have to wait 10 minutes before you can mark Lesson A complete. The Mark Complete button for lesson A will be grayed out and will not become active until 10 minutes are over.

WARNINGIf you forget to click the Mark Complete button done, you will be prompted to go back to that lesson again and have to wait till the allocated timed minutes resets to zero again before the Mark Complete button becomes active. After all lessons are completed and they are Marked Completed, you will then be allowed to take the post test. If you successfully pass the quiz, you will earn CEU’s for this course and you can proceed to print out your certificate.