A Point Prevalence Cross-Sectional Study of Healthcare-Associated Urinary Tract Infections in Six Australian Hospitals

Anne Gardner, Australian Catholic University
Brett G. Mitchell, Avondale College
Wendy Beckingham, ACT Health
Oyebola Fasugba, Australian Catholic University

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Urinary tract infections (UTIs) account for over 30% of healthcare-associated infections. The aim of this study was to determine healthcare-associated UTI (HAUTI) and catheter-associated UTI (CAUTI) point prevalence in six Australian hospitals to inform a national point prevalence process and compare two internationally accepted HAUTI definitions. We also described the level and comprehensiveness of clinical record documentation, microbiology laboratory and coding data at identifying HAUTIs and CAUTIs.