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Journal of Nursing Care Quality:
doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e3181fb7847
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Evaluation of an Evidence-Based, Nurse-Driven Checklist to Prevent Hospital-Acquired Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections in Intensive Care Units

Fuchs, Mary Ann DNP, RN; Sexton, Daniel J. MD, FACP; Thornlow, Deirdre K. PhD, RN, CPHQ; Champagne, Mary T. PhD, RN, FAAN

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Abstract

Catheter-associated urinary tract infections account for 40% of all health care-associated infections. An evidence-based, nurse-driven daily checklist for initiation and continuance of urinary catheters was implemented in 5 adult intensive care units. Measures of compliance, provider satisfaction, and clinical outcomes were recorded. Compliance with the checklist was 50 to 100%: catheter-associated urinary tract infections decreased from 2.88 to 1.46 per 1000 catheter days and catheter days decreased in 2 intensive care units.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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