Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection Prevention in our PICU and PCCU

Background

Urinary catheters are tubes that are inserted into the bladder to help patients pass urine.Infections can sometimes develop when these catheters are in place. Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) can make children sicker, extend hospital stays and require treatment with antibiotics.  These are all important reasons why we strive to reduce the risk and rate of these infections in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and the Pediatric Cardiac Care Center (PCCU).

Initiative

We implemented a set of practices, called bundles, to minimize the risk of these infections in our PICU and PCCU.

Goal

Our goal is to maintain infection rates lower than the national mean with an ultimate goal of zero.

Results

Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections in our PICU and PCCU

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