Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs)

Catheter Insertion

When inserting an indwelling catheter, there is a risk of introducing microorganisms from the surrounding anatomy or environment into the catheter, and subsequently into the bladder. Using aseptic technique when inserting a catheter can substantially reduce the risk of extra-luminal contamination of the closed system.

Online Training

The ‘Inserting an Indwelling Urinary Catheter in (IDC)’ eLearning module (Course Code: 95808867) is now available on HETI Online. This module should be used to supplement practical training on catheter insertion.

Competency Assessment Tool

A competency assessment tool for catheter insertion has been developed to support clinical educators in assessing the competency of staff who are responsible for inserting urinary catheters. This tool includes assessment of the use of aseptic technique.

Documenting Indication & Insertion

The insertion of an indwelling urinary catheter, as well as the indication for insertion, should be clearly recorded in the patient’s healthcare record.

For electronic records, document catheter insertion in the eMR.

For paper records, the label below is now available from Stream Solution (Order # NH601074, $11.92 per roll of 250 labels).

Indwelling Urinary Catheter Insertion Record

Indwelling Urinary Catheter Insertion Record