The goals of the national On the CUSP: Stop CAUTI project are to:
- Reduce mean CAUTI rates in participating clinical units by 25 percent over eighteen months.
- Improve patient safety by disseminating the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) model and tools as evidenced by improved teamwork and communication.
- Promote the coordination of state-based efforts to eliminate HAIs.
- Communicate infection reduction as an organizational priority
- Provide implementation support
- Celebrate success, and support sustainability and spread
CAUTIs have been associated with increased morbidity, mortality, hospital cost, and length of stay. This vital guide provides new and expanded content on the epidemiology and pathogenesis of CAUTI; surveillance and reporting; patient safety; and CAUTI prevention in special populations (pediatrics, spinal cord injury, long-term care, and ICU). This information is presented in an easy-to understand and-use format that includes numerous examples and tools. Distribution as a full access online resource from the APIC website is made possible by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ).
National Healthcare Safety Network Launches Hospital TAP Reports
The National Healthcare Safety Network now offers reports that can help hospitals target their infection prevention efforts, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today. The Targeted Assessment for Prevention reports allow authorized users to identify facilities within a group or units within a facility with more infections than predicted based on Standardized Infection Ratio targets for catheter-associated urinary tract infection, central line-associated bloodstream infection and Clostridium difficile. "AHA is pleased that CDC is making this tool available to hospitals that are looking to make further strides in reducing infections by being able to target areas that may provide the greatest opportunity for improvement," said John Combes, M.D., AHA senior vice president and chief medical officer.