St. Mark's Hospital - May 11, 2017

Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) jeopardize patient safety.

CAUTI rates have also been declining at St. Mark’s over the past two years:

Studies show that CAUTIs are attributable to the frequency and duration of indwelling urinary catheter use. Urinary catheters should only be placed when clinical indicated and removed as soon as the indication resolves.

The current projects in progress at St. Mark’s to further reduce our CAUTI rates are:

  1. Include urinary catheter review during all morning rounds for nurses and physicians.
  2. Initial and periodic training of nurses on care, maintenance and indications for removal.

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