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Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)

Toolkit To Reduce CAUTI and Other HAIs in Long-Term Care Facilities

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released a Toolkit to Reduce CAUTI and Other HAIs in Long-Term Care Facilities.  Consumer Voice was a partner on this project. The toolkit is based on the experiences of 450 nursing homes that participated in the AHRQ Safety Program for Long-Term Care: Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs)/Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs).  The toolkit combines clinical interventions and best practices for infection prevention with behavior change elements that promote leadership involvement, improvement in safety culture, teamwork, and communication, and sustainability. Its user-friendly educational modules, guides, and tools can help facilities advance from the "what to do" to the "how to do it.”  They include: Using the Comprehensive Long-Term Care Safety Toolkit; Senior Leader Engagement; Staff Empowerment; Teamwork and Communication; Resident and Family Engagement; Sustainability; Indwelling Urinary Catheter Use and Care; and Urine Culturing and Antibiotic Stewardship.

Reducing Health-Care Associated Infections in Nursing Homes

In conjunction with the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) of the American Hospital Association, the Consumer Voice partnered with 8 state long-term care ombudsman programs on a project to reduce health-care associated infections (HAIs) in nursing homes.  The project focused on infection prevention and on one HAI in particular- catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI).  The goal of the project was to equip local ombudsmen with knowledge and tools to educate and engage residents and families in CAUTI.

Unless otherwise noted, the following materials and resources were developed as part of this project.

Consumer Information

Educational Toolkit for Residents and Families

Training Materials for Long-Term Care Ombudsmen

These materials are designed to be used by State Ombudsmen to train local ombudsmen about CAUTI and their role in CAUTI/infection prevention.

Webinar:  Engaging Ombudsmen, Residents and Families as Partners in Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) - August 11, 2016 at 2:00 - 3:15 PM ET

Additional Resources

Click here to access more resources on NORC's website about general infection prevention, including infection prevention for the flu and other viruses.

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Antibiotic Stewardship

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