Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS)

22D Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections (UTI) account for 30% of all healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and 15-25% of patients receive a urinary catheter. Because 17%-69% of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) are preventable, including 380,000 cases and 9,000 deaths annually, and because the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) defined CAUTI as a non-payment infection, heightened precautions should be allocated to the monitoring and prevention of cases (CDC, 2009; Peasah et al., 2013).

Our APSS outline actionable steps healthcare organizations should take to successfully implement and sustain behavior change for high reliability, shared understanding, thorough communication, and meaningful person-centered care across the organization.

Actionable steps include:

  • Executive Summary Checklist
  • Leadership checklist guide to determine whether current evidence-based guidelines are being followed in your organization
  • Performance improvement plan to follow if improvements are necessary
  • Clinical workflow for preoccupation with workflow for areas of improvement
  • How to educate patients and family members about the significance of their role throughout the continuum
  • Guidance on how to measure outcomes

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