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Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice:
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e31819b8bde
Original Articles

Reducing the Incidence of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections Through the Adoption of an Evidence-Based Protocol in the Cardiac Care Unit

Gorman, Diane RN, BSN, CCRN-CMC

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Abstract

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.

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