A Nurse-Driven Protocol for Removal of Indwelling Urinary Catheters across a Multi-Hospital Academic Healthcare System

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Dy, S., Major-Joynes, B., Pegues, D., & Bradway, C. (2016). A nurse-driven protocol for removal of indwelling urinary catheters across a multi-hospital academic healthcare system. Urologic Nursing, 36(5), 243–249.

Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) are one of the most common hospital-acquired infections in the United States. Because of persistently high CAUTI rates despite evidence-based interventions, we designed and implemented a performance improvement nurse-driven removal protocol for indwelling urinary catheters. Post-implementation, both catheter utilization and CAUTIs decreased significantly at the one hospital with the highest baseline rates; at the two hospitals with low baseline rates, the impact of the protocol varied. This project highlights important steps in developing and implementing a nurse-driven removal protocol across a multi-hospital academic healthcare system.

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