Clinical Care Improvement Strategies: Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections
- © Joint Commission Resources
- Joint Commission Resources
- Maria R. Aviles M.A.
- ISBN-10: 1-59940-605-5 / ISBN-13: 978-1-59940-605-3
- Patient Safety and Quality Improvement , Emergency/Critical Care, Geriatric Medicine, Nursing
Clinical Care Improvement Strategies: Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections is your authoritative guide to ensure the safety of patients who have urinary catheters.
- • A description of The Joint Commission’s new National Patient Safety Goal to prevent CAUTIs
- • A thorough explanation of best practices to insert urinary catheters, including following appropriate indications, using aseptic technique, and removing these as soon as medically possible
- • Detailed descriptions of best practices to care for urinary catheters, including properly securing and positioning the collection system, maintaining a closed system, and checking the collection system
- • A discussion of how health care organizations should perform surveillance for CAUTIs, including equations for outcome and process measures
- • Tips, tools, and case examples to help improve staff compliance with CAUTI preventive strategies (many of the tools are customizable)
Stop CAUTIs from causing harm to your patients!
Urinary catheters are inserted for a variety of medically necessary reasons, but as these statements indicate, they can also cause medical harm. Fortunately, the majority of CAUTIs can be prevented by strict adherence to evidence-based guidelines. Additionally, the Partnership for Patients initiative has targeted hospital-acquired conditions, including CAUTIs, for a 40% reduction by 2013. And in spring 2011, The Joint Commission introduced a new National Patient Safety Goal to prevent CAUTIs.