7 Keys to CAUTI Reduction

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Healthcare teams that participated in the On the CUSP: Stop CAUTI project learned seven important lessons about reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infections, according to a report by the American Hospital Association's Health Research and Educational Trust and Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence.

"Eliminating Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections" outlines three steps to use the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program to reduce CAUTI rates and describes the seven lessons participating teams learned:

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1. Demonstrate senior leadership commitment.
2. Assemble a diverse and engaged multidisciplinary team on each implementation unit.
3. Empower front-line staff.
4. Ensure processes for data collection and reporting are established.
5. Provide dedicated resources to the project.
6. Engage staff with patient stories.
7. Communicate successes — large and small — both early in the project and long-term.

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Study: 50% Catheter Use Decrease Associated With 70% CAUTI Reduction

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