Reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infections in a neuro-spine intensive care unit - Abstract

A collaborative effort reduced catheter-associated urinary tract infections in the neuro-spine intensive care unit where the majority of infections occurred at our institution.

Our stepwise approach included retrospective data review, daily rounding with clinicians, developing and implementing an action plan, conducting practice audits, and sharing of real-time data outcomes. The catheter-associated urinary tract infection rate was reduced from 8.18 to 0.93 per 1,000 catheter-days and standardized infection ratio decreased from 2.16 to 0.37.

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Schelling K, Palamone J, Thomas K, Naidech A, Silkaitis C, Henry J, Bolon M, Zembower TR.   Are you the author?
Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Prevention Department in accordance with the Neuro-Spine Intensive Care Unit, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL.  

Reference: Am J Infect Control. 2015 Jun 5. pii: S0196-6553(15)00427-7.
doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2015.04.184

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PMID: 26052100