Essay on Prevention of Cauti

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Prevention of Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)
Brandi Carter
Chamberlain College of Nursing
Capstone
NR-451
C. Anderson
August 04, 2012

Prevention of Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)
CAUTIs are the most commonly reported HAI in the US. Although morbidity and mortality from CAUTI is considered to be relatively low compared to other HAIs, the high prevalence of urinary catheter use leads to a large cumulative burden of infections with resulting infectious complications and deaths ("Prevention of CAUTI-Acute care settings," 2011, p. 1). In addition, bacteriuria frequently leads to unnecessary antimicrobial use, and urinary drainage systems may serve as reservoirs for MDR bacteria and a source of
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3). By preventing CAUTI in our patients this will not only promote patient satisfaction, earlier discharge, and prevent other complications from the infection caused from the catheterization, it reduces hospital cost associated with CAUTI. . According to HICPAC, it’s recommended that long term care facilities not catheterize patients that suffer from incontinence, and in cooperative males use an outer source such as condom catheters, or adult diapers (http://www.cdc.gov/hicpac/). Techniques for insertion were also explored, and a critical point of insertion is merely strict hand washing before and after insertion to prevent infection. Another key point for staff is that they never clean the peri-urethral area with antiseptics to prevent CAUTI while the catheter is in place. Moreover by simply cleaning the area with mild soap and water helps tremendously to prevent infection (Healthy People 2010, n.d.).
Step 3: Synthesize the Best Evidence
“The Department of Health and Human Services” explored both male/female gender alternatives to catheterizing patients unnecessarily. These infections cause many other serious complications, affecting not only the bladder but the kidney as well. These complications put patients at risk for other complications, such as decubitus ulcers, thromboembolism, and health decline. “The Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research,” seeks to establish ways of preventing the high incidence of CAUTI. The source also

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