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Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)

A catheter-associated urinary tract infection, or CAUTI, is a type of infection in the urinary system (e.g., urethra, bladder, ureters, and kidney) associated with the use of a urinary catheter. A urinary catheter is a thin tube placed in the bladder through the urethra to drain urine. It is often used in healthcare settings if a patient is having surgery, experiencing urinary incontinence or retention, or to improve comfort for end of life care.

CAUTI Quick Facts


Page reviewed and updated: October 2021