Joint Commission releases report to help reduce Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

The Joint Commission has released a report to help hospitals meet the 2012 National Safety Goal of implementing evidence based practices to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), according to 

The report, posted on the Joint Commission’s website, states that CAUTI are the most common hospital-associated infection, and estimates that treating CAUTI costs the health care system over $400 million yearly.

The report includes a rationale for the goal, reference information, results of feedback from the field and level of evidence for each element of performance.

(Sources:,, October 2, 2011; The Joint Commission,, September 28, 2011; The Advisory Board Daily Briefing,, October 5, 2011)