Overcoming Challenges to CAUTI Prevention
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common type of healthcare-associated infection, accounting for more than 30% of infections reported by acute care hospitals. The majority of healthcare-associated UTIs are caused by instrumentation of the urinary tract. Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) has been associated with increased morbidity, mortality, hospital cost, and length of stay. The presence of bacteria in the urine commonly leads to unnecessary antibiotic use, and urinary drainage systems are often one of the greatest reservoirs for multidrug-resistant bacteria and can be a source of transmission of these resistant pathogens to other patients.
This one-hour computer based learning module has been designed for the bedside healthcare provider and members of the RRT as a primer on the importance of early identification of a patient in crisis, effective team communication during a crisis and rapid assessment and stabilization of the patient.