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Abstract

Catheter associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) is the fourth leading cause of healthcare associated infections. The single most important predisposing factor for CAUTI is the insertion of urinary catheter. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of educational intervention on the knowledge of nurses regarding catheter indications and CAUTI preventive measures. A Pre-Post-test study design was utilized in this study which was conducted at two university hospitals one in Saida (South Lebanon) and the other one in Beirut in Lebanon. A self-reported questionnaire about catheter insertion and CAUTI prevention was used before and after the educational intervention, where the results of this study revealed that the educational intervention resulted in a significant increase in the level of knowledge among nurse. Thus, the knowledge regarding indication and preventive measures was suboptimal in our study group. There is a tremendous scope of improvement in catheterization practices in the hospital and education induced interventions would be the most appropriate effort toward reducing the incidence of CAUTI.

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