Decreasing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) at a community academic medical center using a multidisciplinary team employing a multi-pronged approach during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

In the midst of the COVID - 19 pandemic, a multidisciplinary team implemented evidence-based strategies to eliminate catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), as defined by the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) surveillance definition for those units included in the NHSN standardized infection ratio (SIR). The team evaluated indwelling urinary catheters daily for indication, implemented a urinary catheter order set, established a urinary catheter insertion checklist, and promoted use of external urinary diversion devices. The facility NHSN SIR for CAUTI was 0.37 in 2019, 0.23 in 2020, and 0.00 in 2021. A collaborative approach decreasing hospital acquired infections may be effective even in a climate of increased acuity, increased length of stay, and staffing challenges.

American journal of infection control. 2022 Aug 07 [Epub ahead of print]

Amy Whitaker, Gail Colgrove, Maria Scheutzow, Meghan Ramic, Kim Monaco, James L Hill

University Hospitals Parma, 7007 Powers Boulevard Parma, OH 44129. Electronic address: ., University Hospitals Parma, 7007 Powers Boulevard Parma, OH 44129. Electronic address: ., University Hospitals Parma, 7007 Powers Boulevard Parma, OH 44129. Electronic address: ., University Hospitals Parma, 7007 Powers Boulevard Parma, OH 44129. Electronic address: ., University Hospitals Parma, 7007 Powers Boulevard Parma, OH 44129. Electronic address: ., University Hospitals Parma, 7007 Powers Boulevard Parma, OH 44129. Electronic address: .

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