Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections: A Study Critique
This paper critiques Blanck, Donahue, Brentlinger, Stinger, and Polito’s study, A quasi-experimental study to test a prevention bundle for catheter-associated urinary tract infections (Blanck, Donahue, Brentlinger, Stinger, & Polito, 2014). The article describing this study was well-organized and easy-to-read; it tested the use of specific nursing practices to reduce catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs). The need for the study was demonstrated in the introduction and the problem was identified: Consistent catheter care was not being provided to patients with indwelling urinary catheters at the hospital where the study was performed. This was leading to the hospital having a higher-than-average number of patients contracting a …show more content…
The instrument was the hospital laboratory which determined the absence or presence of a CAUTI when one was suspected. A retrospective review was required to compare pre and post data since catheter care could not be withheld from a control group. The study was a level III on the Evidence Hierarchy scale (Melnyk and Fineout-Overholt, 2011).
Sampling Method This was a non-probability convenience sample of two groups of patients in a 20-bed critical care unit in the northeast. The two sample groups were a pre-intervention group, which was the comparison group, and an intervention group. Exclusion and inclusion criteria were outlined in the study. There were 317 members of the pre-intervention group and 310 members in the intervention group. The study was approved by the hospital Institutional Review Board (IRB). The investigator received only numbers, with no identifying data, from the hospital infection control coordinators who collected