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CAUTIs are the most common HAI in U.S. hospitals, accounting for 35 percent of all HAIs; yet, the majority of infections are preventable.

A catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) occurs when germs (usually bacteria) enter the urinary tract through the urinary catheter and cause infection.The estimated cost per year for catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) is $565 million, and the estimated number of deaths resulting from CAUTIs is 8,205.

CAUTI Prevention

To dramatically reduce CAUTI nationwide, Qsource supports the comprehensive unit-based program (CUSP), designed to improve safety culture and serve as an effective evidence-based tool to reduce hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).

The key project goals to reduce CAUTI using CUSP are to

  • Reduce mean CAUTI rates in participating ICUs and other clinical units by 25 percent over two years
  • Disseminate CUSP educational modules to improve patient safety
Additional Resources

Preventing Costly CAUTIs
Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto
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Tennessee HAI Reporting Requirements for CAUTI

CAUTI Toolkit |  CUSP Manuals & Toolkits 

Related Links

On the CUSP: Stop HAI

Partnership for Patients

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)

National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)


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