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Infection from a urinary catheter

This measure tracks urinary tract infections caused by a catheter, a flexible tube inserted into the bladder to collect urine. Patients who need careful measurement of their urinary output or are unable to urinate may need catheters.

Hospitals follow careful procedures to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections. Examples include making sure patients get enough fluids, giving antibiotics to patients who need catheters for long periods of time and removing urinary catheters as soon as they no longer are needed. Average or lower rates of catheter-associated urinary tract infections may be a sign of that the hospital's health care professionals are carefully following practices to prevent their occurrence.

Infection From a Urinary Catheter

July 2009- 
June 2011

MU Health Care 0.245 per 1,000 patient discharges
U.S. average 0.358 per 1,000 patient discharges

For the above table: Smaller numbers closer to zero are better.

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