Cut your CAUTI Rates: Proven Practices for Prevention
October 15, 2014 at 1:00 PM EDT, 12:00 PM CDT, 11:00 AM MDT, 10:00 AM PDT
Did you know the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one out of every 25 patients is affected by health care¬–associated infections (HAIs) during the course of his or her care? Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) account for over 40 percent of the HAIs reported by acute care hospitals. This situation leads to increased illness, hospital costs and mortality rates. As a nurse, you are responsible for insertion, care and maintenance of indwelling catheters. Inadequate knowledge of practices and prevention strategies used to reduce the risk of CAUTIs can jeopardize your patient’s safety and the quality of care. By educating yourself on the latest CAUTI prevention guidelines and practices, you can take the lead in cutting CAUTI rates.