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.
- 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.