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ANA Releases CAUTI Prevention Tool

Friday, September 11, 2015   (0 Comments)
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The American Nurses Association (ANA) recently released an an innovative, streamlined, evidenced-based clinical tool developed by leading experts to help nurses prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI).


CAUTI are the most commonly reported hospital-acquired condition, and the rates continue to rise. More than 560,000 patients develop CAUTI each year, leading to extended hospital stays, increased health care costs, and patient morbidity and mortality.


Nurses can play a major role in reducing CAUTI rates to save lives and prevent harm.

There are three areas to improve evidence-based clinical care to reduce the rate of CAUTI:

  1. Prevention of inappropriate short-term catheter use
  2. Nurse-driven timely removal of urinary catheters
  3. Urinary catheter care during placement

Nursing screening and assessment and evidence-based management of urinary retention and incontinence is essential to reduce catheter overuse. ANA identified the opportunity to fill the tool gap and develop a streamlined, evidence-based tool to reduce CAUTI.

To read more about the ANA CAUTI Prevention Tool and download the materials, visit the ANA website at

Watch a video about the new tool narrated by American Nurse Today editor-in-chief, Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, FAAN.

Source: American Nurses Association

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