Clean Cath Club

Swedish Medical Center, Cherry Hill Campus (Seattle, Washington)

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Project Topic

Standardizing and streamlining catheter care in critically ill patients.

CSI Participants

Lorraine Abing, RN, BSN, CCRN
Alex Limoges, RN, BSN, CCRN
Erin Lomas, RN, BSN, CCRN-CSC
Suzanne Mooney, RN, BSN

Project Goals/Objectives

  1. To reduce the incidence of CAUTI in patients with indwelling urinary catheters
  2. To put in place a uniform process for catheter care in the unit
  3. To educate bedside caregivers on proper equipment and technique in providing catheter and meatal care.

Project Outcomes

  1. Decreased CAUTI rates 64 percent for NCCU (from 22 to 11) and 82 percent for CVICU (from 7 to 2) compared to data from 2014 and pre-project implementation in 2015
  2. Decreased antibiotic use as a result of decrease in number of infections
  3. Reduced UTI-related complications due to decreased incidence of infections
  4. Increased staff compliance as a result of simplifying and streamlining catheter care
  5. Increased staff involvement by owning the problem as well as the solution, bedside caregivers feel empowered and motivated to improve patient outcomes
  6. These outcomes resulted in a projected annual fiscal impact of $158,999 ($96,782 for NCCU; $62,217 for CVICU).

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