Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection Prevention and Reduction

With the national focus on decreasing hospital-acquired infections, Massachusetts General Hospital determined that a focused approach to decrease catheter-associated urinary tract infections—the most prevalent of all HAIs—was vital. A thorough literature review was conducted to identify the best evidence-based practices for CAUTI prevention, and the best practices served as a guide to assess where gaps existed in the hospital's ICUs. An interdisciplinary team, the CAUTI workgroup, identified improvements and interventions that have reduced CAUTI rates below national benchmarks.

With the national focus on decreasing hospital-acquired infections, Massachusetts General Hospital determined that a focused approach to decrease catheter-associated urinary tract infections—the most prevalent of all HAIs—was vital. A thorough literature review was conducted to identify the best evidence-based practices for CAUTI prevention, and the best practices served as a guide to assess where gaps existed in the hospital's ICUs. An interdisciplinary team, the CAUTI workgroup, identified improvements and interventions that have reduced CAUTI rates below national benchmarks.

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