100%(45)45 out of 45 people found this document helpful
This preview shows page 1 - 4 out of 8 pages.
1Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)Sandra L. HerreraWalden UniversityLeadership Competencies in Nursing and HealthcareNURS-4220-5February 17, 2018
2Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2017), approximately 75% of hospital-acquired urinary tract infections are associated with a urinary catheter with a prolonged use being the most critical risk factor for developing a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI). CAUTIs can cause an overabundance of complications included but not limited to gram-negative bacteremia, sepsis, and mortality (Skanlon, 2017). The purpose of this paper is to reduce CAUTI rate from 2.48 to below the targetrate of 1.71 at a Long Term Acute Care (LTAC). Literature reviewFor years, healthcare has been struggling to reduce CAUTI rates, and an abundant volume of articles and studies related to this patient safety issue are available. Most of the articles reviewed to discuss the usage of alternative external devices to an indwelling catheter, utilization of maintenance bundles, and daily nursing assessment of the necessity of the catheter. The use of external continent devices (ECD) in men such as condom catheters is an alternative tothe insertion of indwelling catheters for indications such as cognitive dysfunction due to acute or chronic illness and men with neurogenic bladder dysfunction (Gray, Skinner, & Kaler, 2016).Qualitative studies showing results on the practice of catheter maintenance bundles in theprevention of CAUTIs were conducted through interviews or nursing surveys. CAUTI bundles include interventions such as appropriate catheter use, utilization of aseptic technique during catheter insertion, a closed drainage system, and removal of the catheter as soon as possible. (Meddings, Rogers, Krein, Fakih, Olmsted, & Saint, 2014). In most cases, a Registered Nurse of a Licensed Vocational Nurse insert the catheter; consequently, policy and procedures, unit
3guidelines, skill checks, nursing competencies, random audits, and continuing education should be promoted (McNeill, 2017). Removal of the catheter as soon as possible and daily nursing assessments is vital in the bundle to prevent CAUTIs. The longer a catheter is in place, the higher risk for a patient to acquire an infection. Qualitative research has shown the risk of developing bacteriuria on catheterized patients as high as 3% to 10% per day and close to 100% after the catheter has been in place for 30 days (McNeill, 2017). Daily assessment for the continuance of a catheter should be nurse-driven and supported by charge nurses, physicians, and infection control interventionists. In the United States, the statistics are alarming, approximately five million catheters are placed annually, and 50% of the