Online Program

Enter at your own risk: An analysis of catheter-associated urinary tract infection programs in hospitals

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Martha Maxwell, MPH(c), Health Science, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Jessica Church, CHES, MPH(c), Health Science, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Melanie Chao, MPH(c), Health Science, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Elizabeth Brutsch, MPH(c), Health Science, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Issues: According to the CDC, Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) accounts for over a third of Healthcare-Associated Infections, threatening the 20-25% of hospital patients who receive urinary catheters during their stay. Description: Authors utilized a policy analysis methodology to compare CAUTI-reduction policies among five mentor hospitals aimed at reducing infection rates. Lessons Learned: Adherence to the CDC guidelines does not directly correlate with lower infection rates compared across hospitals. Recommendations: Findings suggest that positive outcomes incorporate hospital-tailored interventions which integrate reminder systems, performance feedback, education, and training. Other literature-based recommendations will be discussed at the conference.

Learning Areas:

Clinical medicine applied in public health
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related nursing
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe the gravity of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) prevalence in hospital settings. Discuss priorities to better evaluate and improve hospital CAUTI-reduction programs.

Keyword(s): Hospitals, Infectious Diseases

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Master of Public Health student at Brigham Young University. I researched this topic extensively for four months. This paper was written under the direction of Michael Barnes, PhD, MCHES.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.