Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs) are healthcare-association infections that cause suffering for thousands of hospital and nursing home patients every year. CAUTIs are costly, common and often preventable by reducing unnecessary urinary catheter use.
Qualidigm partnered with the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School to conduct a three year study focused on indwelling catheter use CAUTIs in Connecticut skilled nursing facilities. Qualidigm oversaw the recruitment of nursing homes to participate in the project and implement on-site data abstraction and data collection efforts.
Through the study, themes for catheter use and/or triggers for CAUTIs were identified. Additionally, stakeholders adopted clinical practice standards and survey, and nursing homes across New England received education on best practices. In addition, a toolkit with prevention materials was developed, disseminated to the nursing homes and evaluated through on-site assessments.