Title

Prevention of Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections

Presenter Information

Hannah BullockFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Nursing

Minor

N/A

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Marcia Hobbs DNS, RN

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

Catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) is a very prevalent preventable disease that effects many patients throughout the hospital. The high prevalence of CAUTI’s shows that there is not enough interventions being done to prevent these infections. Research shows that more education and specific interventions can be implemented throughout hospitals to significantly decrease these rates. Based from the research; implementation of prevention care bundles and different bathing practices can cut the catheter associated urinary tract infections up to 50%. Decreasing these rates not only increases the health of the patient but also saves the hospital a lot of money. The proposed policy is to further educate nurses on the importance of preventing CAUTIs, changing the bathing practices that are performed on patients with a foley catheter and implementing a care bundle that nurses and health care workers will use everyday with simple steps to prevent/reduce this infection.

Keywords: catheter, urinary tract infections, prevention, CAUTI, care bundle, bathing practice

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Nursing

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Prevention of Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections

Catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) is a very prevalent preventable disease that effects many patients throughout the hospital. The high prevalence of CAUTI’s shows that there is not enough interventions being done to prevent these infections. Research shows that more education and specific interventions can be implemented throughout hospitals to significantly decrease these rates. Based from the research; implementation of prevention care bundles and different bathing practices can cut the catheter associated urinary tract infections up to 50%. Decreasing these rates not only increases the health of the patient but also saves the hospital a lot of money. The proposed policy is to further educate nurses on the importance of preventing CAUTIs, changing the bathing practices that are performed on patients with a foley catheter and implementing a care bundle that nurses and health care workers will use everyday with simple steps to prevent/reduce this infection.

Keywords: catheter, urinary tract infections, prevention, CAUTI, care bundle, bathing practice