Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections in Acute Care: The Bundle Approach

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Catheter-associated urinary tract infections account for 40% of all nosocomial infections. A multidisciplinary team implemented evidence-based guidelines and a urinary catheter bundle, focusing on optimizing the use of urinary catheters through continual assessment and prompt catheter removal. Data were obtained on catheter device days, compliance with urinary catheter orders, and computer documentation of continued catheter indications. Results included an overall reduction of 71% in catheter device days and a 56% reduction in catheter use.

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