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Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common nosocomial infection, accounting for up to 40% of infections reported by acute care hospitals.1,2 Up to 80% of UTIs are associated with the presence of an indwelling urinary catheter.3
A catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) increases hospital cost and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality.2,5,6 CAUTIs are considered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to represent a reasonably preventable complication of hospitalization. As such, no additional payment is provided to hospitals for CAUTI treatment-related costs.5
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