Home Health & Hospice

What are six ways to help prevent CAUTI?

Homecare Insider, June 20, 2016

  • Provide catheter and perineal care according to agency policy and the instructions on your assignment sheet.
  • Secure the catheter tubing to the patient’s thigh as instructed or according to agency policy.
  • Take great care in changing from a bedside drainage system to a leg bag. Leg bags should not be worn in bed.
  • Avoid opening the closed drainage system whenever possible. Follow the assignment sheet and agency policy in cleansing drainage bags.
  • Keep the drainage bag below the level of the bladder when assisting with ambulation.
  • Always make certain there are no kinks in the drainage tubing and that the person is not sitting or lying on it.