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Preventing Infections from Foley Catheters

How are Results Calculated? 
Some members of our staff are trained as special monitors. These monitors watch out for patients who have Foley catheters. They check to see if steps to prevent infection are being used as they should be.
Our Results 

(Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infection)

What is a Foley catheter?

A Foley catheter is a tube that is used to drain urine from your bladder to the outside of the body. The urine is collected in a large plastic bag. If you have one of have these tubes inserted, you could get an infection from it. The longer you have the catheter, the more likely you are to have an infection in your urinary tract. The urinary tract is the part of your body that drains urine from your bladder to the outside.

Our doctors and nurses are taking steps to prevent these infections. A list of those steps is shown below.

You can help

You can help yourself or a family member who has a Foley catheter. Read over the steps below. They can help keep you safe from infection. Ask questions if you are not sure if the steps are being followed.

Preventive steps

 Our staff use the following steps to keep you safe from urinary tract infection.

  • We use a Foley catheter only when we have no other choice.
  • We try to find other ways for you to use the toilet - maybe a bedpan or a bedside commode.
  • We make sure the catheter tubing is taped to the leg.
  • We take out the Foley catheter as soon as possible.
  • We keep the urine bag below the level of the bladder.
  • We make sure the urine tube does not kink.