Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections – Benchtop to Bedside (and Back)

Monday, March 29, 2021 14:45 - 16:00

Introduction: Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs) account for up to 40% of all nosocomial infections.  While clean intermittent catheterization (CIC) has substantially reduced rates of infection, CIC-associated UTIs remain as one of the most frequent complications for the patients. 

Aim: We aim to differentiate between indwelling and intermittent catheter use, as they pertain to CAUTIs.

Objective(s):

-       Indwelling catheter CAUTIs
-       Intermittent catheter CAUTIs
-       Microorganisms at play
-       Current clinical strategies
-       Research strategies
-       National and International strategies, including health promotion / prevention models
-       Potential technologies and methods for reducing risks of CAUTIs

Conclusion: Distinguishing between CAUTIs based on conditions, symptoms, and complications of the patients can yield to more powerful clinical and research strategies to combat the disease.  A collaborative approach between benchtop research and bedside practice is likely to yield the most fruitful results, especially when an iterative approach is taken to solving the CAUTI problems.

Dr Angie Rantell PhD, RCN ALNP, Lead Nurse in Urogynaecology , King's College Hospital, London

Tadas Sileika, Senior Scientist, Hollister