Mark Hudson, Strategic Accounts Manager
CAUTI is the most common type of healthcare-associated infection, accounting for more than 30% of acute care hospital infections. 13,000 deaths are associated with UTIs each year. There are estimated to be 449,334 CAUTI events per year. Each CAUTI is associated with the medical cost of $758. And, a total of over $340 million spent in health care is attributable to the incident of CAUTI’s in the U.S. each year.
While these figures are staggering, many CAUTI’s are preventable with the proper procedures and rounding initiatives. To begin to implement a rounding initiative for Infection Control Rounding it is best to understand how CAUTI’s are acquired. Some of the key causes are, but are not limited to, poor insertion techniques, catheters left in place longer than necessary, no hand washing prior to catheter manipulation, and breaks in a closed system.
Hospitals employ several different methods to prevent CAUTI’s. However, implementation of a new process is often not enough. Hospitals need to confirm that the infection control process is adhered to and followed properly. This is where the Rounding Solution plays an important role. Rounds can serve as checklists for your Infection Control staff to ensure that the hospital policies are followed. The following are critical elements to implement with your rounding initiative:
- Frequency: Determine the frequency that works with your hospital based on size and staffing. Perhaps your organization required daily rounds while other hospitals require a round per shift 7 days per week.
- Targets: Round on high risk until improvement occurs.
- Immediate Action: Establish notifications upon discovery of CAUTI related problems so corrective actions can take place immediately.
- Process Improvement: Report issues immediately to leadership so that corrective plans can be created and/or implemented. Communication should be transparent. This eliminates repeat issues.
Implementing a Rounding Solution that focuses on CAUTI’s and one that addresses the critical elements above allows for the reduction and even the elimination of CAUTI’s in a healthcare organization.
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