Catheters are used to help people urinate when they are unable to do so on their own. Proper sterile procedures are required when using a catheter. When not done properly, the placement or removal of a catheter can subject the patient to unnecessary risk of infection.
An estimated 17% to 69% of CAUTI [Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection] may be preventable with recommended infection control measures, which means that up to 380,000 infections and 9,000 deaths related to CAUTI per year could be prevented.
Source: Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee, Guideline for Prevention of Catheter-Associated
Urinary Tract Infections 2009
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