How UTSW Ensures Patient Safety – Preventing Infections From Urinary Catheters

Some patients require a urinary catheter while they are in the hospital. Because the urinary catheter is a foreign object to the body, infection may occur.

Why Is This Important?

A urinary catheter is a flexible tube inserted into the bladder to assist with urination. A catheter can cause an infection, but some infections are preventable with proper insertion techniques and care by medical staff.

Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)

What Does This Graph Show?

The graph illustrates the rate of infections related to urinary catheters at UTSW hospitals over the past several quarters compared to the U.S. average.

UT Southwestern started a quality improvement program to reduce the number of urinary catheter-associated infections by 50 percent. We have significantly reduced the number of these infections this year and last.