Patient safety tool: AHRQ's guide to reduce CAUTIs

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a new catheter-associated urinary tract infections prevention toolkit.

The "Toolkit for Reducing CAUTI in Hospitals" was developed based on the experiences of more than 1,200 hospitals across the nation that successfully reduced CAUTIs while participating in a four-year AHRQ project to promote the use of the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program, or CUSP.

"The toolkit is a significant medical and public health advance that will prevent suffering for many patients and reduce the need for them to take antibiotics," said AHRQ Director Richard Kronick, PhD.

Derek Biggs, RN, a nurse at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Okla., said, "This toolkit was essential to our efforts to reduce CAUTI rates across our hospital. We dramatically reduced our CAUTI rates, and, just as importantly, we've been able to keep those rates down."

To access AHRQ's toolkit, click here.

Note: View our database providing more than 150 reports that link to free, downloadable and adaptable tools for use in surgery centers, hospitals and other organizations by clicking here.

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