Prevention Of The Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections

1193 Words Mar 15th, 2016 5 Pages
A Review of the Prevention of CAUTIs in the ED: a Qualitative Study Carter, Pallin, Mandel, Sinnette and Schurr (2016) conducted a qualitative study to investigate the catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) reduction practices in the emergency department (ED). These researchers clearly identified that little is understood about the workflow and ED-specific CAUTI prevention strategies. Therefore, in an effort to better understand the ED flow, they enrolled EDs with CAUTI prevention strategies so they could research the motivations, risk factors and strategies to address those risks. This topic is very relevant to nursing as today’s healthcare is in the midst of a paradigm shift and care is directed toward better patient outcomes which includes prevention of hospital associated conditions as well as better reimbursement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Keeping in line with this paradigm shift, the authors’ literature review clearly outlines the clarity of bundle audit tools and CAUTI prevention strategies in the inpatient setting. However, as they explain, these prevention strategies have little effect on the emergency setting where the catheters are generally inserted. “Approximately 9% of patients admitted through the ED receive a newly inserted urinary catheter; however 30%-65% of catheters placed in the ED lack medical need” (Carter, Pallin, Mandel, Sinnette & Schurr, 2016, p. 156). According to their research, better…

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