AJN, American Journal of Nursing:
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Nurses write a new guide on catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), which are among the most common health care–associated infections. The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology has released a new guide (http://bit.ly/1syFer5) on many aspects of these infections, including causes, prevention, and surveillance. The guide provides advice on preventing CAUTIs in children and other high-risk populations, such as patients who've had surgery or spinal cord injuries. CAUTIs cost the health care system $789 to $1,003 per patient per year, and the annual cumulative burden is between $390 million and $450 million. As many as 69% of CAUTIs could be prevented, which would result in approximately 380,000 fewer infections and 9,000 fewer deaths yearly.
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