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Effect of Nonpayment for Preventable Infections in US Hospitals
This study examined rates of healthcare-associated infections deemed preventable by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, such as catheter-associated bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and ventilator-associated pneumonias.
Passport Exclusive: Strategies to Prevent Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections
In this video IHI Director Fran Griffin, RRT, MPA reviews the four recommended components of care and the supporting evidence for improvement outlined in the Prevent Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections How-to Guide.
Passport Exclusive: Establishing Nurse-Driven Protocols
Developing nursing protocols that allow for removal of urinary catheters if criteria for necessity are not met and there are no contraindications for removal (as defined in protocol) is one change that could lead to a reduction in unnecessary urinary catheterization.
Low on the Totem Pole (AHRQ)
A medical student notices that, prior to surgery, a urinary catheter is inserted into a child without sterile prep. Being new to the OR setting, he says nothing until a few days later on rounds when the patient shows signs of infection.
Measures to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections
It is important to track three types of measures when you are working to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).
Changes to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections
Organizations must test and implement changes to existing processes in order to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).
Patient and Family FAQs: Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections
This patient and family educational material presents frequently asked questions and answers about catheter-associated urinary tract infections.
Skin Care in the Incontinent Patient Poster
This health care provider fact sheet presents information on good skin care techniques that will prevent skin breakdown, and how to minimize skin contact with urine in patients with urinary incontinence.
In conversation with Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH
This Q&A with Dr. Sanjay Saint discusses how research on urinary tract infection (UTI) prevention provides broader lessons for patient safety.
Guide to the Elimination of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections
As the leading source of hospital-acquired infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CA-UTIs) dramatically impact the lives of tens of thousands of patients each year.
Annotated Bibliography for Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections
This annotated bibliography presents selected literature for preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infections.
How-to Guide: Prevent Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection
This How-to Guide describes key evidence-based care components for preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infections, describes how to implement these interventions, and recommends measures to gauge improvement.
Improving Flow without Adding Resources: A Success Story
In March 2002, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis was convinced its capacity problems were intractable. Two years later, they’ve dramatically increased flow and patient satisfaction, and decreased length of stay and mortality — all without hiring any more staff or adding a single bed.
Multidisciplinary Rounds: Not MORE Work, But THE Work
Implementation of multidisciplinary rounds at Baptist Memorial Hospital - Memphis (Memphis, Tennessee, USA) facilitated collaborative patient care planning and implementation of evidence-based practices resulting in improved patient outcomes, including decreased length of stay (LOS), decreased mortality rate, decreased ventilator days and decreased rates of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), catheter-related bloodstream infections (CR BSI) and urinary tract infections (UTI).
Urinary Tract Infection Bundle Compliance Audit Tool
This tool evaluates compliance with all recommended components of care for all patients who have a foley catheter in place, and is used to reinforce provider education aimed at reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infections.
CDC Guideline for Prevention and Control of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (2009)
This 2009 guideline updates and expands the original Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guideline for Prevention of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) published in 1981.
Nurse staffing models, nursing hours and patient safety outcomes
This article describes a study whose objective was to evaluate the effect of different nurse staffing models on costs and the patient outcomes of patient falls, medication errors, wound infections, and urinary tract infections.
A reminder reduces urinary catheterization in hospitalized patients
A simple reminder system can prevent hospitalized patients from having a urinary catheter in place any longer than is necessary, greatly reducing the risk of urinary tract infections.