Routine use of IUCs increases CAUTI risk

Clinical and financial impacts are high

The best way to prevent CAUTIs is to use indwelling urinary catheters (IUCs) only when necessary and for the shortest amount of time. But at the bedside, this can be easier said than done. Care challenges, clinical priorities and limited resources can get in the way of frontline staff consistently following evidence-based best practices.


estimated CAUTIs occur annually in hospitals and nursing homes.1


estimated catheters are placed
without an appropriate indication.1


estimated annual cost of CAUTI to
healthcare system.2

Make CAUTI prevention second nature and change the numbers. Improve caregiver compliance and patient safety with our Urological Solution that includes best practice guidance, education and training, and the right system of products.

Resources for CAUTI prevention

Returning to the basics helps clinicians avoid missteps that can lead to infection.

Clinician engagement at the unit level can help drive consistent practice.

As many as 50% of IUCs are inserted without proper indication.3 Empower clinicians to identify a valid reason for catheterization.

Ensure consistent best practices from IUC insertion to removal. Use these educational posters to hang at nursing stations, review at huddles or hold a microburst training over lunch.

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Take a key step in the fight against CAUTIs. Watch and share this video for a quick tutorial on preventing dependent loops.

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Drive best practices with the right system of products

Help reduce the use of IUCs

IUCs should only be used with a valid indication. Give frontline staff the resources for evaluating IUC necessity and alternative products for managing common urinary conditions.

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Bladder scanner

BioCon 900 uses BladderPoint™ aiming technology to accurately measure urine volume, helping staff determine the next steps in patient treatment.

A non-invasive solution to male urinary incontinence, the Men’s Liberty Acute External Catheter is shown to bring down IUC use by up to 19%.4

Promote proper insertion, care and maintenance

When IUCs are clinically appropriate, support staff with everything they need to follow best practices during catheter insertion and maintenance.

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Nurse-designed, the Total One Layer Tray is organized to guide clinicians step-by-step through aseptic IUC insertion.

Premoistened with a pH-balanced, hypoallergenic solution, the ReadyCleanse cloths make it easier to do twice daily cleansings of the perineum and catheter.

Make CAUTI prevention second nature

Explore our full Urological Solution. From best practice guidance to education and the right system of products, we help you drive a culture of safety across your organization.

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1. How-To Guide: Prevent Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection. Institute for Healthcare Improvement; 2011. Available at: Accessed January 21, 2021.
2. R3 Report: Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections, Oakbrook Terrace, IL: The Joint Commission; 2011. Available at: Accessed January 21, 2021.
3. Avoid Unnecessary and Improper Placement, Center for Patient Safety. Hooton TM, et al. Clin Infect Dis 2010;50:625-63. Available at:, Accessed January 25. 2021
4. Based on a 17-month study at a 107-bed long term care acute facility. Data on file.