Hospital-acquired urinary tract infections in the pediatric patient: A prospective study

Jacob A. Lohr, Stephen M. Downs, Sharon Dudley, Leigh Grossman Donowitz

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To determine through a prospective study the characteristics of hospital-acquired urinary tract infections (HAUTI) in children, 525 children subjected to bladder catheterization during a hospital admission were identified through surveillance of 12 316 admissions during a 24-month period. Urine culture results were available for 296 (56.4%) of the catheterized patients. In addition 12 noncatheterized children with a documented HAUTI were identified. The clinical courses of all patients with a HAUTI were followed for at least 6 months after their last HAUTI during the study period. Forty-four patients, 1 week to 17 years of age, with 1 or more HAUTI during a hospital unit admission were identified. A total of 51 HAUTI occurred. Thirty-nine (76.5%) of the infections occurred in patients subjected to catheterization. Thirty-two (10.8%) of 296 catheterized patients developed a HAUTI. Forty-three (84.3%) of the 51 infections were single organism infections. One HAUTI was associated with a wound infection with the same organism and one with a concurrent bactermia with the same organism. Relapses were seen after 4 HAUTI. One reinfection was identified. There were no deaths directly associated with a HAUTI. Hospitalized children subjected to urinary tract catheterization are at significant risk for HAUTI. Complications are infrequent and not life-threatening.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-12
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • Hospital-acquired infection
  • Urinary tract catheterization
  • Urinary tract infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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