CAUTI Reduction Project Reports 16% Decrease in Infection Rate

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A project to reduce the rate of catheter-associated urinary tract infections, run by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, has decreased baseline CAUTI rates by 16.1 percent, according to an interim data report.

The project, titled "On the CUSP: Stop CAUTI," includes results from participating hospital cohorts that have completed a 14-month intervention and monitoring period.

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The Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program to prevent CAUTIs combines evidence-based interventions and patient safety culture improvement guidelines to reduce CAUTI rates. The program is also guided by a group of professionals from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and the Society of Hospital Medicine.

The 16.1 percent CAUTI decrease after 14 months follows a 6.3 percent reduction relative to baseline CAUTI rates after two months of the CUSP program.

More than 850 hospitals in six cohorts are involved in the four-year project, for which data collection is ongoing. The 16.1 percent reduction represents efforts from the first three hospital cohorts, which have completed the course of the intervention.

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