New collaborative efforts are showing that the rate of infection through the use of catheters can be reduced based on recent studies. Since 150,000 nursing home residents in the United States will receive catheters annually and half of those will develop catheter-associated urinary tract infections, efforts are being made to reduce that number. Infection preventionists (IPs) are joining in collaboration to reduce the risks.
IPs are being encouraged to speak with physicians and staff about the risks and opportunities for reduction of infection. “A national collaborative can empower IPs to play an active role in supporting infection-related practice changes, while instilling a more robust resident-safety culture across U.S. nursing homes,” said the lead research paper author. For more, read the story.