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

May 09, 2017

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.

For more information on infection prevention, visit Consumer Voice's issue page on the topic.

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