Over 900,000 patients in U.S. hospitals develop a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) each year.1, 2, 3 It is estimated that up to 380,000 infections and 9,000 deaths related to CAUTI per year can be prevented with recommended infection control measures.4

A national hospital survey examined prevention practices in use between 2005 and 2009. While CAUTI prevention practices remain inadequate, the only practice used by 50% or more of the hospitals was portable bladder volume ultrasound.5

As the manufacturer of BladderScan® portable bladder volume ultrasound instruments, Verathon® is proud to play a key role in helping acute care nurses and infection prevention professionals eliminate unnecessary urinary (Foley) catheterization. This page provides additional education tools and resources to support CAUTI prevention at your facility.


Educational Tools

Use eye-catching and informative educational materials to increase CAUTI awareness in presentations to staff, at nursing stations, and other locations where staff congregate. Put your facility on the path to prevention by downloading these helpful educational tools:



Urinary catheters are associated with higher UTI rates, longer hospital stays, and increased costs.6, 7 You can reduce the clinical and economic impact of CAUTI if you: Know the Math Before You Cath.™

  • 36% — of all nosocomial infections are urinary tract infections (UTIs) 8
  • 80% — of nosocomial UTIs come from indwelling urinary catheter use 9
  • 2 days — is the average increase in a hospital stay for an ICU UTI 10
  • $3,803 — is the average cost per UTI episode in the ICU 10

BladderScan bladder volume instruments:

  • Help prevent unnecessary catheterization
  • Help reduce rates of nosocomial UTIs 11
  • Are noninvasive, quick, and easy to use
  • Improve efficiency, reduce costs, and save staff time


References: 1. National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance (NNIS) System Report, data summary from January 1992 through June 2004, issued October 2004. Am J Infec Control. 2004; 32:470-485. 2. Haley, RW, Hooton TM, Culver DH, et al. Nosocomial infections in U.S. hospitals, 1975-1976: estimated frequency by selected characteristics of patients. Am J Med. 1981; 70:947-959. 3. Haley RW, Culver DH, White JW, et al. The nationwide nosocomial infection rate: a new need for vital statistics. Am J Epidemiol. 1985; 121:159-167. 4. Umscheid C, et al. Mortality from reasonably-preventable hospital-acquired infections: a preventable epidemic, chaired by Henry A. Waxman, April 16, 2008, Washington, DC. [Congressional testimony]. 5. Krein SL, Kowalski CP, Hofer TP, et al. Preventing hospital-acquired infections: a national survey of practices reported by U.S. hospitals in 2005 and 2009. J Gen Intern Med. 2011. Accessed January 5, 2012. 6. Saint S, Lipsky BA. Preventing catheter-related bacteriuria: Should we? Can we? How? Arch Intern Med. 1999;159(8):800-808. 7. Cox CE. Nosocomial urinary tract infections. Urology. 1988;32(3):210-215. 8. Klevens, RM, et al, Estimating Health Care-Associated Infections and Deaths in US Hospitals, 2002, Public Health Reports, March-April 2007, Vol. 122, 160-166. 9. Saint S, Kowalski CP, Kaufman SR, Hofer TP, Kauffman CA, et al. Preventing Hospital-Acquired Urinary Tract Infection in the United States: A National Study. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2008: 46; 243-56. 10. Laupland KB, Bagshaw SM, Gregson DB, Kirkpatrick AW, Ross T, Church DL. Intensive Care Unit — Acquired Urinary Tract Infections in a Regional Critical Care System. Critical Care. 9:R60-5. 11. Moore DA, Edwards K. Using a portable bladder scan to reduce the incidence of nosocomial urinary tract infections. Medsurg Nurs. 1997;6(1):39-43.