Nurse-led removal protocol reduces catheter-associated UTIs

05/31/2011 | Medscape (free registration)

A study presented at the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America meeting found that a nurse-led catheter-removal protocol, which involves a device-specific charting module and documentation, helped reduce catheter use by 32% and catheter-associated urinary tract infections by 45%. However, when catheter-days were used as the denominator, the study found that intensive care units experienced a 40% increase in catheter-associated UTIs, but researchers said this was because the protocol resulted in the removal of catheters from low-risk patients.

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