Preventing Catheter-Associated UTIs

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Preventing Catheter-Associated UTIs

ANA offers downloadable tool

By Elizabeth Hanink, RN, BSN, PHN
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Urinary tract infection, particularly catheter-associated UTI (CAUTI), is among the most common and costly of hospital-acquired infections. Now, the American Nurses Association is spearheading an initiative to reduce the incidence of CAUTI with an assessment and decision-making tool that nurses can use at the bedside.

Preventable Infections

According to federal estimates, 560,000 patients acquire CAUTIs each year, representing about 30 percent of all hospital-acquired infections. Most CAUTIs are preventable if practitioners consistently apply best practices based on CDC recommendations.

The ANA’s new one-page tool offers guidance on the appropriate use of the catheters, alternative treatments for retention and incontinence, indicators for timely removal, essential maintenance and post-removal care.

The tool is the product of a panel of technical experts from the Partnership for Patients, the ANA and the CDC. The guidelines also reflect the contributions of other professional organizations, including the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses; the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses; the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses; and the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society.

Your Role

“Nurses can have a big influence on reducing urinary tract infection,” says ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, RN, Ph.D., NEA-BC, FAAN, “since they are continually assessing patients to minimize the use of urinary catheters and have sharp assessment and decision-making skills that will be enhanced by this concise guidance.”

You can download the tool in PDF format from the ANA website.

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