SESSION TITLE: Critical Care in the ICU
SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster Discussion
PRESENTED ON: Monday, October 24, 2016 at 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
PURPOSE: Millions of dollars are spent each year on preventable hospital acquired infections. Catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) are a significant contributing factor to morbidity in patients hospitalized in intensive care units (ICU). Studies have shown that increasing daily physician evaluation of continued catheterization can reduce the number of unnecessary days that a patient remains catheterized. Reducing the number of days that a patient is unnecessarily catheterized should reduce the incidence of associated infection. Beginning in July 2010, a simple catheter inventory worksheet was implemented at a community hospital. This inventory requires a once daily dialogue between the charge nurse and attending physician with regards to the necessity of ongoing urinary catheterization in MICU patients. This study explores the efficacy of this intervention in reducing the number of CAUTI in MICU patients.