Urinary tract infections are the most common infections acquired in hospitalized adult patients. The implementation of a set of evidence-based practice guidelines for criteria for insertion/maintenance and prevention of nosocomial catheter-associated urinary tract infections has resulted in a decrease in catheter-associated urinary tract infections and a significant drop in device days. The development of guidelines accessible to nursing staff demonstrates how evidence-based practice can improve patient outcomes.
From the PENN Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA.
Reprints: Diane Gorman RN, BSN, PENN Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.