What are we measuring?
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection involving any part of the urinary system, which includes the urethra, bladder, ureters and kidney. UTIs are a type of healthcare-associated infection. About 75% of UTIs acquired in the hospital are associated with a urinary catheter, which is a tube inserted into the bladder through the urethra to drain urine.
This chart reports the rate of catheter-associated urinary tract infections in the intensive care units (ICUs) at Norwalk Hospital.
How are we doing?
We compare the current quarter to the same quarter the previous year, and to the national benchmark. Lower numbers are better.
What are we doing to improve?
The most important risk factor for developing a catheter-associated urinary tract infection is prolonged use of the catheter. Therefore, our care providers use urinary catheters only when appropriate and necessary, and remove them as soon as they are no longer needed.
At Norwalk Hospital, we follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which emphasize the proper use, insertion and maintenance of urinary catheters in different healthcare settings.