New Toolkit to Reduce Urinary Tract Infections in Long-Term Care

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently released a new Toolkit to Reduce Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) and Other Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI).

The evidence-based toolkit was developed based on the experiences of more than 450 long-term care facilities across the country that participated in a three-year project, the "AHRQ Safety Program for Long-Term Care: HAIs/CAUTI," to reduce CAUTIs and improve patient safety culture and practices. Results from the project are expected in the coming months.

Using strategies from AHRQ's Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP), which has helped reduce CAUTIs and central line-associated bloodstream infections in hospitals, the toolkit combines clinical interventions and best practices for infection prevention with behavior change elements that promote leadership involvement, improvement in safety culture, teamwork, communication and sustainability.

The toolkit is divided into three main sections – implementation, sustainability and resources – and features user-friendly educational modules, guides, communication and sustainability tools to help providers move from the “what to do” stage to the “how to do it” stage of improvement. For more information, visit the AHRQ website