Overcoming Challenges to CAUTI Prevention
By Linda Greene, RN, MS, CIC, Shannon Oriola, RN, CIC, COHN, James Marx, RN, MS, CIC

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common type of healthcare-associated infection, accounting for more than 30% of infections reported by acute care hospitals.
The majority of healthcare-associated UTIs are caused by instrumentation of the urinary tract. Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) has been associated with increased morbidity, mortality, hospital cost, and length of stay. The presence of bacteria in the urine commonly leads to unnecessary antibiotic use, and urinary drainage systems are often one of the greatest reservoirs for multidrug-resistant bacteria and can be a source of transmission of these resistant pathogens to other patients.

As a caregiver, you will be called upon to apply your knowledge to practical situations and which arise during the course of providing patient care.Taking evidence and applying it to your everyday practice can be challenging. This online program combines a review of the evidence and interactive scenarios that represent real life situations. In each scenario, you will be asked to make a decision and those decisions that could ultimately affect whether or not a patient develops a CAUTI.

Accreditation Statement
Saxe Communication is approved as a provider by the Vermont State Nurses’ Association Inc. (VSNA) which is accredited as an approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #1447.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  1. List 4 strategies to prevent CAUTI
  2. List 5 indications for insertion of a urinary catheter
  3. Describe the proper aseptic technique for urinary catheter insertion
  4. Explain the best practices to managing the indwelling catheter



  1. Complete the program.
  2. To receive continuing education credits click on “Obtain CE” in the bottom left box.
  3. Follow instructions to log in.
  4. Complete the post-test.
  5. Complete the participant evaluation.
  6. To earn 1.5 contact hours of continuing education, you must achieve a score of 70% or more. If you do not pass the test you may take it one more time.
  7. Upon successful completion of the post-test your  certificate will be issued immediately.
  8. The fee has been waived through an educational grant from Covidien.
  9. This program will expire March 31, 2016
  10. Faculty Disclosure: No conflicts were disclosed.

VSNA and ANCC do not endorse any commercial products.