BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Baton Rouge General is one of nine hospitals in Louisiana, and one of 332 hospitals nation-wide to be nationally recognized by the Centers for Medicare Services for having zero-catheter-associated urinary tract infections in the U.S.
A catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) is one of the most common infections a person can contract in the hospital and can increase the length of a patient’s stay by 2-4 days. Indwelling catheters, which are tubes inserted into the urethra, are the cause of this infection.
In order to lower CAUTI infection rates, Baton Rouge General implements standard best practices aimed to decrease the number of urinary catheters inserted and reduce the time they stay in place. Guidelines include:
- Appropriate catheter use
- Aseptic insertion
- Use of closed drainage systems
- Proper maintenance and timely removal of indwelling urinary catheters
- Established practices such as hand hygiene.
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