Study: Infection Prevention Bundle Tied to Greater Drop in Infections

Michigan hospitals, which began an initiative to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections in 2007, reduced CAUTI rates significantly more than hospitals in other states, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine.

In 2009, researchers surveyed 470 infection preventionists at a sample of U.S. hospitals including all Michigan hospitals, which launched the Keystone Bladder Bundle Initiative in 2007 to prevent CAUTIs.

Michigan hospitals followed CAUTI prevention practices — including using bladder scanners, catheter reminders or stop orders and/or nurse-initiated discontinuation — more often than non-Michigan hospitals. Michigan hospitals also decreased CAUTI rates by 25 percent compared with a 6 percent decrease in other U.S. hospitals since 2007.

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