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What does it mean?

Catheter - associated urinary tract infection is the most common health care-associated infection worldwide and is a result of the widespread use of urinary catheterization. Indwelling urinary catheters are the cause of this infection. An indwelling catheter is a tube inserted into the urinary passage. It drains urine from the bladder into a collection bag. A catheter may be used after surgery or if patient cannot control the bladder function, and there is a need to closely monitor how much urine the kidneys are producing.This indicator measures the number of urinary catheter related infections per 1000 catheter days in the hospital.

What does it indicate?

The lower the rate of infection implies stringent protocols and infection control practices as well as quicker recovery for the patient.

Bench Mark Reference 2014-2015 Revised Bench Mark 2015-2016 2016-2017
4.02 National Healthcare Safety Network 0.48 per 1000 catheter days 2 0.77 per 1000 catheter days 0.81 per 1000 catheter days

* References chosen for the benchmark of each indicator, are the best of class for that respective indicator
** All values audited and validated by the Apollo Clinical Audit Team

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