alexa Guidelines for Preventionof Catheter- Associated Urinary Tract Infections2009.Healthcare Infection Control PracticesAdvisory Committee.
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Journal of Aging Science

Author(s): Laurie J Conway, Elaine L Larson

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Objectives We set out to review and compare guidelines to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI), examine the association between recent federal initiatives and CAUTI guidelines, and recommend practices for preventing CAUTI that are associated with strong evidence and are consistent across guidelines. Background Catheter-associated urinary tract infections are the most common healthcare-associated infection, and a cause of significant morbidity and mortality in critically ill patients. Methods A search of the English-language literature for guidelines in the prevention of adult CAUTI, published between 1980 and 2010, was conducted in Medline and the National Guideline Clearinghouse. Results Many recommendations were consistent across 8 guidelines, including limited use of urinary catheters, the insertion of catheters aseptically, and the maintenance of a closed drainage system. The weight of evidence for some endorsed practices was limited, and different grading systems made comparisons across recommendations difficult. Federal initiatives are closely aligned with the 4 most recent guidelines. Conclusion Additional research into the prevention of CAUTI is needed, as is a harmonization of guideline grading systems for recommendations. Keywords: Catheter-associated urinary tract infection, Evidence-based guidelines, Infection control, Urinary catheter, Hospital-acquired conditions

This article was published in Heart Lung and referenced in Journal of Aging Science

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