UTI that occurs in a patient who had an indwelling urethral urinary catheter in place within the 48-hour period before the onset of the UTI.
If the UTI develops in a patient within 48 hours of discharge from a location, indicate on the infection report the discharging location, not the current location of the patient (transfer rule)
In addition to CAUTIs, some facilities are required by their state to report healthcare-associated UTIs that areNOT associated with catheters.
These should NEVER be included in CAUTI data reported through NHSN.
Specific criteria will be reviewed later and more information on this issue provided.
- Number of CAUTIs identified* ÷ Number of Indwelling urinary catheter days × 1,000
*Stratified by location type
Device Utilization Ratio:
- Number of indwelling catheter days ÷ Number of Patient days
Indwelling catheter use is necessary for CAUTI. Therefore, reducing your facility/location's catheter device utilization rate may lead to reduced CAUTI rates.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30333, USA cdc.gov