ArticleA Single-Center Multidisciplinary Initiative to Reduce Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection Rates Quality and Financial ImplicationsSutherland, Tori MD, MPH; Beloff, Jennifer RN, MSN, APN; McGrath, Casey RN, MSN; Liu, Xiaoxia MA; Pimentel, Marc T. MD; Kachalia, Allen MD, JD; Bates, David MD; Urman, Richard D. MD, MBAAuthor Information Author Affiliations: Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine (Sutherland), Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts; Department of Quality and Safety (Mss Beloff and McGrath, and Drs Pimentel, Kachalia, and Bates), Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts; Division of General Medicine (Ms Liu, and Drs Bates and Kachalia), Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts; and Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine (Drs Urman and Pimentel), Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. The authors have no conflicts of interest. Correspondence: Richard D. Urman, MD, MBA, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115 ([email protected]). The Health Care Manager: July/September 2015 - Volume 34 - Issue 3 - p 218-224 doi: 10.1097/HCM.0000000000000073 Buy Metrics Abstract Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) is an important patient safety issue that is responsible for an estimated 449334 annual infections, with an average direct cost of $790-$1200 per infection. In total, the cost associated with CAUTI is estimated to be $115 million to $1.82 billion annually. We conducted an internal revenue analysis with a standard sensitivity analysis to assess the impact of a low-cost CAUTI reduction program on direct costs to the hospital over four years. The interventions included the formation of a multidisciplinary CAUTI reduction task force, formal data collection in all ICUs, staff education, and new electronic order sets with decision support. During the initial intervention period, the infection rate per 1000 catheter days decreased from 5.4 to 1.5. In the second year of the program, the infection rate increased to 4.6. After additional interventions were launched, infection rates decreased to 2.2. Cost savings per 1000 catheter days (±20%) during the initial intervention were $4501 ($3600-$5401). Our intervention demonstrated that provider education and electronic documentation prompts were followed by a significant decrease in catheter utilization, that in turn was followed by lower infection rates. Decreased emphasis on intervention goals were followed by an increase in CAUTI rates. Our subsequent interventions suggest that upward trends may be reversible. Copyright © 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.