CAUTI Prevention

Start Here to Stop CAUTI

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. The CAUTI Zero™ Web site provides additional education tools and resources to support CAUTI prevention at your facility.

Educational Tools

Learn how to measure bladder volume in adult and pediatric patients with the BladderScan portable ultrasound device in three patient demonstration videos presented by CAUTI expert Diane K. Newman, DNP FAAN BCB-PMD. An animated CAUTI bundle checklist is also featured. Click thumbnails to play videos.

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:
CAUTI Bundle Checklist (Poster)
spells prevention in five memorable steps.
Step-by-Step Clinical Pathway for IUC Removal (Protocol)
adapted by Diane K. Newman from Care Algorithm of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
Managing Urinary Retention in the Acute Care Setting (Manual)
a comprehensive guide to safe patient care through the application of noninvasive bladder management.
Indwelling Urinary Catheters in Acute Care (White Paper)
an updated version of Diane K. Newman’s Step-By-Step Clinical Pathway for Nurses.


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


For the latest commentary from CAUTI expert Diane K. Newman, as well as recent publications and experiences from those in the CAUTI treatment community, visit our partner site at CAUTI Challenge on Download the Verathon CAUTI educational materials press release here. To keep up on the latest CAUTI prevention practices, follow us on Facebook and YouTube.


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