In order to address the need for a tool to support hospital-based nurses in catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) prevention, the American Nurses Association (ANA) was asked to convene a Technical Expert Panel of stakeholders in CAUTI prevention. The Technical Expert Panel was chaired by the ANA's Senior Policy Fellow, a certified wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) nurse. The panel comprised 23 representatives, including nurses from specialty practice organizations, nursing affiliated with the ANA, infection control specialists, patient safety authorities, award-winning hospitals using the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators, and content experts. The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society appointed 2 representatives to this panel, a key nurse researcher with expertise in this area of care and a former Society President. The CAUTI Prevention Tool Kit, combined with supplemental guidance documents developed, supports WOC nurses and Society members in achieving quality clinical outcomes for their patients.
Kathleen G. Lawrence, MSN, RN, CWOCN, VNA and Hospice of the Southwest Region, Rutland, Vermont.
Donna Z. Bliss, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis.
Maureen Dailey, PhD, RN, CWOCN, FAAN, Daileysolution, New York, New York.
Chenel Trevellini, MSN, RN, CWOCN, Patient Safety Solutions, LLC, Bayside, New York.
Vicky Pontieri-Lewis, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Correspondence: Kathleen G. Lawrence, MSN, RN, CWOCN, VNA and Hospice of the Southwest Region, 7 Albert Cree Dr, Rutland, VT 05701 (email@example.com).