Released: 8/17/2021 6:00:00 AM
On Monday, August 16, the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital reached 100 days without a Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI).
This success is attributed to an interdisciplinary collaborative effort including nursing, nursing leadership, clinical education, supply chain, and the critical care providers. The team worked to identify the problem, research evidence-based strategies to address the problem, and then implement strategies. The strategies included: creating a CAUTI committee consisting of a physician champion, a representative from quality, a representative from nursing leadership, clinical education, and a staff champion, to focus on the problem. The committee supported the implementation of staff education regarding CAUTI, external devices as alternatives to indwelling devices, the routine use of hospital-approved cleaning products and the roll-out of CAUTI calendars placed at the patient bedside.
This is a significant achievement because CAUTIs are associated with prolonged hospitalizations and increased mortality. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the National Institutes of Health, CAUTIs add 9.2 days to a patient’s length of stay and increase mortality by 3.6%.
The staff celebrated the accomplishment on Tuesday. Great job ICU team!