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Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections(CAUTI)
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Guideline for Prevention of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections 2009 (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee) [PDF, 406.81 KB] This guideline updates and expands the original Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guideline for Prevention of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI), published in 1981. The revised guideline outlines high-priority recommendations for CAUTI prevention in order to offer guidance for implementation.
“Stop CAUTI” (On The CUSP: Stop HAI) This site includes several resources that are currently available for download to help state hospital associations and hospital units implement CUSP and reduce CAUTI.
Iowa CAUTI Prevention Collaborative Resource Manual ( Iowa Healthcare Collaborative) [PDF, 4.97 MB] This manual explores the various challenges of preventing CAUTI, such as developing insertion criteria and a process to assure that it is used for every indwelling catheter that is placed. It will provide guidance on implementation as well as tools that can be readily adapted and used in your organization to prevent CAUTI. It includes project management tools that will help teams plan and track implementation. Performance improvement methods and evidence-based prevention strategies are also described in detail. Finally, this manual discusses measurement tools, explores optimal team functioning, and provides strategies to improve communication and enhance transparency efforts to drive improvement.
Guide to the Elimination of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs): Developing and Applying Facility-Based Prevention Interventions in Acute and Long-Term Care Settings (Association for Professionals in Infection Control) [PDF, 1.24 MB] This document provides evidence-based practice guidance for the prevention of CAUTIs in acute and long-term care settings.
“Implementing Change: The Technical & Socio-Adaptive Aspects of Preventing CAUTI” (University of Michigan Health System) This presentation was given by Dr. Sanjay Saint, Professor of Medicine at the University of Michigan. Dr. Saint discusses the technical and socio-adaptive aspects of preventing CAUTI.
“How-to Guide: Prevent Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections” (Institute for Healthcare Improvement [IHI]) This how-to guide describes key evidence-based care components for preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infections, describes how to implement these interventions, and recommends measures to gauge improvement.
“CAUTI Prevention Bundle” (Health Protection Scotland) The CAUTI maintenance bundle is to optimize the care of patients who require urinary catheterization during acute care, and to ensure that urinary catheters are removed as soon as clinically indicated. The CAUTI insertion pack would be useful to improve practice in areas where urinary catheters are inserted, but patients are transferred to another area for ongoing care. It can also be used in wards that want to ensure that their care is optimal at both insertion and for as long as the catheter remains in situ.
“Getting Past the Policy: Overcoming Barriers to CAUTI Prevention Practices” (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania , Patient Safety Authority [PSA]) These education video modules have been developed for hospital infection prevention champions, including patient safety officers, directors of infection prevention, infectious disease physicians, physician and nursing champions, and infection prevention staff. The modules are adapted from a Webinar recorded June 25, 2009. After viewing these modules, participants should be able to do the following: identify practical strategies to overcome barriers to a successful CAUTI prevention program, recall methods of enlisting the support of physician and nursing champions to change the culture around CAUTI prevention practices, and recognize how to encourage and monitor staff compliance with CAUTI prevention practices at the bedside.
“Educational Tools: CAUTI Prevention Practices” (PSA) This site includes a number of checklists, sample protocols, and tip sheets for organizations.
“Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals” (Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America [SHEA]) This site includes science-based and practical recommendations for acute care hospitals in the prevention of common Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs). The documents included on this site are recommendations by the leading champions in infection prevention and healthcare quality improvement, who collaborated on this compendium and continue to work together to keep it current.
“Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections: Mentor Hospital Registry” (IHI) This site provides a listing of hospitals that have worked on stopping CAUTI, a description of their work, and contact information should other hospitals want to reach out to them for more information.
“Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection” (IHI) This site provides a list of resources to help providers stop CAUTI.
Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies, Volume 6 — Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) [PDF, 784.6 KB] This document discusses quality improvement strategies for the prevention of HAIs, including CAUTI.
Strategies to Prevent Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections in Acute Care Hospitals (SHEA) The intent of this document is to highlight practical recommendations in a concise format designed to assist acute care hospitals in implementing and prioritizing their CAUTI prevention efforts.
ANA CAUTI Prevention Tool (American Nurses Association) ANA assembled a technical expert panel (TEP) of nursing clinical experts to develop and disseminate a streamlined evidence-based CAUTI reduction tool for nurses. Three areas are addressed in the tool: (1) prevention of inappropriate short-term catheter use, (2) nurse-driven timely removal of urinary catheters, and (3) urinary catheter care during placement. Nursing screening and assessment and evidence-based management of urinary retention and incontinence is also addressed as essential to reduce catheter overuse.

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