Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

Hospitals Reportedmore info

3,668general acute care hospitals reported in 2018

Infections Reportedmore info

22,015Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections in 2018

Changes over Timemore info

19%significant decrease in SIR from 2015 national baseline to 2018 (lower SIRs are better)

HAI Profile

Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

When a urinary catheter is not put in correctly, not kept clean, or left in a patient for too long, germs can travel through the catheter and infect the bladder and kidneys. This type of healthcare-associated infection (HAI) is called catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI). Working toward the elimination of HAIs is a CDC priority. The CDC provides national data on infection rates through the National Healthcare Safety Network. Standardized Infection Ratios (SIRs) are summary statistics that allow monitoring of HAIs over time.

The Standardized Infection Ratio for Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections was 0.81 across general acute care hospitals in 2018.

Footnotes

  • Data profiles for Healthcare-Associated Infections include information for Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI), Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI), Surgical Site Infections (SSI), Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile) infections, MRSA Bacteremia, and Ventilator-Associated Events (VAE).
  • All HAI data provided on this page are maintained by the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).
  • Data are only displayed for U.S. states/territories for which at least 5 facilities reported an HAI in the given report year.
  • HAI information available in the Patient Safety Portal include data from 2015 through 2018.
  • Map legends are classified using the Jenks Natural Breaks method.
  • See the Current HAI Progress Report Technical Appendix for the full methodology and details about the data. Past HAI Progress Reports are described in the Data Archive.