Quality is a critical component and driving factor of The LifeCare Movement. To ensure we’re delivering world-class care and solutions to our patients, we’ve heightened our focus on several quality metrics this year, including the prevention of CAUTI.
“Our goal is to eliminate CAUTI at every facility,” says Twila Loudder, VP of Quality & Risk Management. “As a member of the LifeCare team, we all play an integral role of helping to achieve this goal.”
To create a consistency across the organization and develop best practices, the Quality team has developed a CAUTI prevention toolkit to ensure you have all the resources you need to be successful. “The toolkit will enhance your current efforts and provide standardization around education, compliance and data collection,” Loudder adds.
What is CAUTI?
A catheter is used for medical procedures in the cardiovascular, urological, neurovascular, ophthalmic and gastrointestinal area. A catheter transfers liquids such as urine from the bladder through the urethra and then is collected outside of the body. This thin, flexible and hollow tube is used in male or female patients and can be changed at intermittent intervals or when necessary.
Improper care of the catheter can lead to catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in sick or recovering patients. CAUTI is common amongst untreated or unsafe catheter insertion/exertion practices and can cause a series of bacteria exchanges worsening a patient’s condition.
To help decrease the risk of infection the CDC recommends to:
- Remove the catheter immediately after its intended purpose
- Clean your hands before and after coming in contact with the catheter
- Position the urine bag below the bladder
- Avoid tugging, pulling or twisting the tubing
These small steps will help improve the safety of our patients and greatly decrease the risk of infection.
The toolkit became available for use on Aug. 1.