“Lose the Tube”: A Choosing Wisely initiative to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections in hospitalist-led inpatient units

Hyung J. Cho, Steve Khalil, Jashvant Poeran, Madhu Mazumdar, Nathaniel Bravo, Fran Wallach, Brian Markoff, Nathan Lee, Andrew S. Dunn

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Abstract

We developed a multidisciplinary initiative, “Lose the Tube,” focused on a Choosing Wisely recommendation to decrease catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) rates and catheter days. Through an electronic health record catheter identification tool, daily interdisciplinary query, and clinician education, our multifaceted intervention reduced mean per-person catheter days from 3.3 to 2.9, decreased CAUTI rates from 2.85 to 0.32 per 1,000 catheter days, and reduced cost by $32,245.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-335
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Volume45
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2017

Keywords

  • Hospital medicine
  • Infection control
  • Nosocomial infections
  • Patient safety

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