5 Components of a Nationwide CAUTI Reduction Initiative

A nationwide initiative to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections includes five main components, according to a report in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality-funded initiative, "On the CUSP: Stop CAUTI," currently includes 800 hospitals working to reduce CAUTIs by 25 percent in all 50 states. The project is based on the Michigan Health and Hospital Association Keystone Center for Patient Safety and Quality's "bladder bundle," which reduced CAUTIs by 25 percent in two years.

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Here are the five core components of the project as described in the report:

1. Centralized coordination and information dissemination to state hospital associations and hospitals.
2. Data collection based on established definitions and approaches.
3. Focused guidance on the technical practices that will prevent CAUTI.
4. Emphasis on understanding the socioadaptive aspects (both general and CAUTI-specific challenges).
5. Partnering with specialty organizations and governmental agencies that have expertise in the relevant subject area.

More Articles on CAUTIs:

Patient Safety Tool: Stop CAUTI Implementation Guide
7 Keys to CAUTI Reduction

3-Step Action Plan to Reduce CAUTIs 

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