Catheters, Indwelling, Catheter-Related Infections, Urinary Tract Infections
Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) are considered a preventable hospital-acquired infection . Centers for Medicaid and Medicare no longer reimburse hospitals for preventable CAUTIs . A concerted effort to decrease our indwelling urinary catheter (IUC) rate has led to a decrease in the number of infections related to these catheters at Maine Medical Center (MMC) in Portland, Maine. Starting in 2012 as a result of The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goal, the inter-professional CAUTI committee focus has been on decreasing utilization of IUC. After an initial large decrease in utilization, the rates have flattened. The effort over the past year has been focused on breaking this plateau and lowering IUC use. As a result, MMC has decreased its CAUTI rate below the national bench mark.
Chapman, Joanne; Clark, Brenda; Jumper, Brian; and Strick, Carrie, "Reducing Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) by Decreasing Use of Indwelling Catheters" (2019). Maine Medical Center. 705.