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Zero CAUTI Rate Since June 2015 at American Family Children's Hospital

By Patrick H McKenna, MD, FACS, FAAP

The Division of Pediatric Urology plays an active role in quality improvement at American Family Children’s Hospital by participation in quality improvement committees. We continue to provide substantial support to the very successful Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) program. For over a year now, there have been zero urinary tract infections related to catheter placement. Efforts are ongoing to improve management by looking at areas where potential infections could occur.

This year focused on full implementation of the CAUTI program in the pediatric emergency room and in management of children who are transferred to the hospital with a catheter already in place. We have also focused on developing protocols for correct preparation of children who have clean-catch specimens in the children’s hospital and who are worked-up for fevers, identifying when it is appropriate to do a catheter urine specimen. The impact of the CAUTI program has been hospital-wide and is based on a team approach, with all of the different constituencies contributing significantly, to allow us to achieve a zero CAUTI rate since June 2015.

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The American Family Children’s Hospital CAUTI team.


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