3-Step Action Plan to Reduce CAUTIs

Combining best clinical practices with a patient safety culture can help healthcare organizations reduce infections, according to a report by the American Hospital Association's Health Research and Educational Trust and Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence.

The report, "Eliminating Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections," describes a three-step action plan to reduce CAUTIs from the On the CUSP: Stop CAUTI project. The project is based on an approach to quality improvement called the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program, which uses teamwork and continuous learning to improve care. Here are the three steps to reduce CAUTIs from the On the CUSP project:

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1.    Communicate infection reduction as an organizational priority.
2.    Provide implementation support.
3.    Celebrate success and support sustainability and spread.

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