Quality Improvement Interventions to Reduce Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infection

Introduction

Infections within the hospitals are a common challenge facing many healthcare facilities, especially the surgical units. Hospital-acquired catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) are prevalent and treatment comes at high cost. In the United States alone, over 500,000 CAUTIs are recorded annually, which represent 30% of infection associated cases (Kathleen et al., 2014). CAUTIs are the highest source of bacterial infection and the major cause of bacterial infections. Its prevalent has been associated with excessive use of urinary catheterization. This research adopted a multifaceted approach through a pre/post-intervention design to determine the impact of nurse-driven evidence-based intervention of change among patients, Registered Nurse (RNs), and certified nursing assistants [CNAs]), and patient families in management of hospitalized patients (Kathleen et al., 2014). Quality improvement is essential to ensure safe care of patients in the surgical uni...