Prevalence of Hospital-Acquired Urinary Tract Infections in Urology Departments

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Objectives: The aim of our study was to register the prevalence of nosocomial urinary tract infections (NAUTIs) in urology sections in Europe and Asia. Methods: A total of 6033 hospitalised patients in 194 different urology departments were screened in two Internet-based studies. Detailed reports on 727 patients with NAUTI were provided. Results: The prevalence of NAUTI was 10% in the Pan European Prevalence (PEP) study, 14% in the Pan EuroAsian Prevalence (PEAP) study, and 11% in the combined analysis. The largest group was asymptomatic bacteriuria (29%) followed by cystitis (26%), pyelonephritis (21%), and urosepsis (12%). There were significant differences between regions and types of hospitals. Conclusions: NAUTI is a large problem for urologic patients and causes huge extra costs for hospitals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1100-1112
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Urology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2007


  • Nosocomial
  • Prevalence
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Urology departments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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