The federal government funded the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP), a multi-year, nationwide effort to decrease the rate of urinary tract infection associated with the use of catheters in hospitalized patients. This project was under the leadership of AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET). The project involved disseminating information and tool kits about best practices and collecting data. Data from over 600 hospitals were studied; these findings represent part of the hospitals that participated. It was found that hospital units that were not ICUs benefited from the program – as evidenced by a reduced UTI infection rate – but ICUs did not.
Reductions occurred mainly in non-ICUs, where catheter-associated UTI rates decreased from 2.28 to 1.54 infections per 1000 catheter-days…”
Source: Saint, S., and others. (2016, June 2). A program to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infection in acute care. The New England Journal of Medicine, 374(22), 2111-2119. Click here for free full text: http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMoa1504906 Posted by AHA Resource Center (312)422-2050, email@example.com
Filed under: Benchmarking, Best practices, Patient safety, Posted by Kim Garber | Tagged: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, AHRQ, Catheter-associated urinary tract infections, Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP), Health Research & Educational Trust, healthcare acquired infections, hospital acquired conditions, Nosocomial infections, UTIs |