What does UCSF Medical Center do to prevent CAUTIs?
To prevent infection, we treat the insertion of a urinary catheter as an aseptic procedure, using sterile gloves and equipment. Doctors and nurses thoroughly wash their hands before the procedure.
All patients with urinary catheters are assessed each day to determine if the catheter is still necessary. When it is no longer needed, it is removed. Each day a urinary catheter remains in place, the catheter and the patient are cleaned to decrease germs that can cause infection.
In addition, a committee of Infection Control nurses, bedside nurses and doctors meets regularly to review infection rates and examine our procedures. If a CAUTI occurs, this committee evaluates what, if anything, went wrong.
What can patients do?
Talk to your health care team. Find out when the catheter can be safely removed. If you don’t see a doctor, nurse or technician clean his or her hands, ask him or her to do so before touching you or the catheter.