Diane Kaschak Newman, DNP, FAAN, BCB-PMD
Co-Director, Penn Center for Continence and Pelvic Health Director, Clinical Trials
Division of Urology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
Welcome to the Newly Updated CAUTI Challenge website. We have listened to our users comments and many have been integrated to the elements of this new site to improve navigation, search functionality, as well as an improved blog and area for sharing best practices.
We have also recently updated the paper Indwelling Urinary Catheters in Acute Care: A step-by-Step Clinical Pathway for Nurses to provide the most current evidence-based clinical information on managing Foley catheters. The article notes that the Joint Commission has made CAUTIs a 2012 National Patient Safety Goal. The CDC has noted that the total expense of these infections is $450,000,000 per year. The article emphasizes quality improvement initiatives and provides suggestions for implementation. Minimizing catheterization and insuring early Foley catheter removal are key components of such a program. The literature supporting the use of bladder scanning technology to avoid unnecessary catheterizations has also grown.
We look forward to your comments and engagement in the onging challenge of preventing CAUTI.