LewisGale Hospital, Montgomery, USA showed what can be done if you focus on an issue with a outstanding infection rate of zero for catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) for more than 2 years.
Studying the areas that need addressing and then operating as a multi-function team to get results is the way they have achieved this. When tackling hospital acquired infections (HAI) we cannot afford to operate in silos.
Great job Dyana and team!
Urinary tract infections are the most common type of HAI reported to the National Healthcare Safety Network, with more than 75 percent of those UTIs being catheter associated. The literature tells us that the impact of these infections includes increased length of stay, increased costs, unnecessary antimicrobial use, and is the leading cause of secondary bloodstream infections which results in increased mortality rates. Determining the cause for the increase in infections experienced at this facility and developing strategies to decrease these HAIs became a priority.