Prevention of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections: A Plan in Motion

By Angela Booth-Jones, PhD, MS, BS

Urinary tract infections (UTI) account for more than one-third of all hospital-acquired infections; catheter-associated UTI (CAUTI) represents the majority of these cases. One of the most important ways to prevent CAUTI is to limit the use of indwelling urinary catheters (UCs), thereby reducing the size of the at-risk population. Some important facts from On the CUSP: stop CAUTI:

  • For every day a Foley is left in place, the infection risk increases by 3 to 7 percent
  • There are 13,000 deaths associated annually with CAUTI nationwide
  • CAUTI increase hospital cost by $589 and one day LOS

Premier Health’s clinicians are working diligently to reduce all hospital-acquired infections. We have assembled a team of nurses to help address this important issue, and have been meeting for more than five months. You’ll hear more as we strive to put certain initiatives in place. The goal of the team is to reduce CAUTI, by:

  • Encouraging better practice around insertion of Foley catheters and the use of aseptic technique
  • Implementing a nurse-driven protocol to remove Foley catheters
  • Improving our huddle process to drive discussion around discontinuing Foley catheters, when indicated.

The work of this team is important, but the work of everyone at the bedside is even more important. Our next steps include approval of the nurse-driven protocol across Premier Health, followed by the education of stakeholders regarding the important changes that will be implemented.

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Source: Angela Booth-Jones, PhD, MS, BS

Content Updated: March 25, 2015

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