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Running head: CAPSTONE PROJECT TOPIC SELECTION AND APPROVAL 1 Capstone Project Topic Selection and Approval Sara Emalee Pate Grand Canyon University: NRS 493 October 31, 2020
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CAPSTONE PROJECT TOPIC SELECTION AND APPROVAL Capstone Project Topic Selection and Approval Indwelling Foley catheters many times are necessary to give patient relief and treatment at within an acute care setting. Depending on the treatment for the patient whether they are having a surgical procedure, intubated, sacral wounds, or having retention issues it is always imperative to assess the situation to decide when to take the Foley out. Unfortunately, Foley catheters can put patients at risk for catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). One of the most common hospital acquired infections, catheter associated urinary tract infections are considered to be a reasonably preventable complication of hospitalization. (Knudson, L., 2015) Catheter associated urinary tract infections are one of the most common health care associated infection that affects the length of stay tremendously, the patient discomfort, an increase health care costs, and even mortality for the patient. In many instances, catheter associated urinary tract infections can be prevented by the nursing staff when a good evidence-based nurse-driven protocol and bundle is implemented. Registered nurses are the main health care providers of physical care, including hygiene to reduce and prevent hospital-acquired infections, for hospitalized critically ill patients. (Fox, Wavra et. al, 2015) As nurses, we spend more time with patients than any other healthcare provider, by using a nurse-driven protocol it will implement a reason to remove the Foley or to keep the Foley. This can be done without a doctor’s order, and it can reduce indwelling catheter length of insertion and catheter associated urinary tract infections for the patient. Nurse-driven protocols and bladder bundles involve a nursing assessments, reason for Foley insertion, and a proper maintained method directed to diminish the catheter associated urinary tract infections. This proper maintenance method would be making sure no dependent loops are in the Foley catheter tube, using hospital approved catheter cleaning wipes, timely removal of indwelling catheters, and proper documentation of maintenance from each 2
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CAPSTONE PROJECT TOPIC SELECTION AND APPROVAL shift. This protocol or bundle can be implemented as an in-service at the nurse’s station or even as a refresher class with yearly check off’s each year for the nursing staff and nursing assistance. Physicians should also be informed and given an in-services on how the protocol works and what its purpose is for nurses to use to reduce the catheter infection rate within the facility. As nurses, it is important to advocate for better care for our patients this can in turn bring higher quality practices to facilities across the United States and reduce the cause for infection as well. During
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