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Cultivating Quality: Reducing Rates of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection

Wenger, Joyce E. MSN, RN

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: August 2010 - Volume 110 - Issue 8 - pp 40-45
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000387691.47746.b5
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One Magnet hospital implemented a nurse-managed approach.

Recognizing the seriousness of CAUTI as a patient safety issue, one Magnet hospital implemented a nurse-managed approach.

Joyce E. Wenger is the infection control performance improvement coordinator at Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, PA. The author gratefully acknowledges Norma J. Ferdinand, chief quality officer, and Wendy S. Fitts, director of Performance Improvement and Infection Control, for their leadership. Michael A. Horst, director of research at the hospital, provided statistical analysis. Bard Medical Division provided silver-alloy catheters at a reduced fee for a portion of this quality improvement project. Cindy Rodd, BSN, RN, CIC, infection preventivist at Bard Medical Division, assisted in data collection. Viviana Alcocer and Julie Ravo, senior marketing manager and technical writer, respectively, at BD Diagnostics–Preanalytical Systems, the manufacturer of urine-collection products used in this project, provided guidance in summarizing the evidence related to the collection of urine specimens. Contact author: jowenger@lghealth.org.

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