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.

View Full Article in:

Medscape (free registration)

Published in Brief:

SmartBrief Job Listings for Health Care

Job Title Company Location
Senior or Principal Consultant
PAREXEL International
Nationwide, SL_Nationwide
Santa Ana, CA
Senior Financial Analyst - Growing Manager Care Health Org
Fallon Community Health Plan
Worcester, MA
Assistant General Counsel, Regulatory
Cardinal Health
Waukegan, IL
Chief Executive Officer
UCare Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN