Quality Improvement Foley Project to Reduce Catheter-Related Trauma in a Large Community Hospital

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Indwelling catheter placement is a modifiable risk factor for urethral trauma. We implemented a multidisciplinary Foley Project protocol in June 2015, which consisted of a system-wide catheter education program, difficult urinary catheterization (DUC) algorithm, and skilled catheter nursing team to improve patient outcomes. A retrospective review of male DUC consults between June 2014 and September 2015 was performed. The preprotocol group includes consults received from June 2014 to May 2015. The postprotocol group includes consults received from June 2015 to September 2015. There were 74 patients in the preprotocol and 18 patients in the postprotocol group. The overall incidence rates of catheter-associated trauma during placement were 41.1% in the preprotocol and 5.9% in the postprotocol groups (p = .005). In the preprotocol group, 53.4% required a procedure by a urologist, whereas only 11.8% of patients in the postprotocol group required a procedure (p = .002). The Foley Project protocol reduced the frequency of catheter-associated trauma and procedures.

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