Background: Although preventive strategies have been proposed against catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) in intensive care units (ICUs), more efforts are needed to control the incidence rate. Aim: To distinguish patients according to their characteristics at ICU admission, and to identify clusters of patients at higher risk for CAUTIs. Methods: A two-step cluster analysis was conducted on 9656 patients from the Italian Nosocomial Infections Surveillance in Intensive Care Units project. Findings: Three clusters of patients were identified. Type of admission, patient origin and administration of antibiotics had the greatest weight on the clustering model. Cluster 1 comprised more patients with a medical type of ICU admission who came from the community. Cluster 2 comprised patients who were more likely to come from other wards/hospitals, and to report administration of antibiotics 48 h before or after ICU admission. Cluster 3 was similar to Cluster 2 but was characterized by a lower percentage of patients with administration of antibiotics 48 h before or after ICU admission. Patients in Clusters 1 and 2 had a longer duration of urinary catheterization [median 7 days, interquartile range (IQR) 12 days for Cluster 1; median 7 days, IQR 11 days for Cluster 2] than patients in Cluster 3 (median 6 days, IQR 8 days; P<0.001). Interestingly, patients in Cluster 1 had a higher incidence of CAUTIs (3.5 per 100 patients) compared with patients in the other two clusters (2.5 per 100 patients in both clusters; P=0.033). Conclusion: To the authors' knowledge, this is the first study to use cluster analysis to identify patients at higher risk of CAUTIs who could gain greater benefit from preventive strategies.
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