Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) are one of the most common healthcare-associated infections (HAI) in Germany and are of particular relevance for intensive and standard care units.
The revised guidelines of the commission for hospital hygiene and infection prevention (KRINKO) provide an update on prevention of CAUTI. The guidelines consider and evaluate the new literature published after the initial publication in 1999. The KRINKO recommendations should be implemented to protect patients from such infections, especially as CAUTIs are one of the most preventable types of HAI. In this respect tailor-made infection prevention bundles seem to be most effective and continuous infection surveillance procedures are of particular importance. Thus, a comparison with the reference data provided by the (German) National Reference Center for surveillance of nosocomial infections is possible. This article explains the recommendations for prevention measures included in the new KRINKO guidelines.
Der Anaesthesist. 2015 Oct 19 [Epub ahead of print]
C Baier, Iris F Chaberny
Institut für Hygiene/Krankenhaushygiene, Universitätsklinikum Leipzig, Johannisallee 34, 04103, Leipzig, Deutschland. , Institut für Hygiene/Krankenhaushygiene, Universitätsklinikum Leipzig, Johannisallee 34, 04103, Leipzig, Deutschland.