Improvements in process with a multimodal campaign to reduce urinary tract infections in hospitalised Australian patients

Deborah Rhodes, Jacqueline Kennon, Stacey Aitchison, Kerrie M Watson, Linda Hornby, Gillian Land, Pauline Bass, Susan C McLellan, Surendra Karki, Allen Cheuk-Seng Cheng, Leon J Worth

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Introduction In hospitalised patients, the majority of urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be attributed to the use of indwelling urinary catheters (IDCs). However, quality-care practices for catheterised hospitalised patients in Australia are largely unknown. The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of an educational campaign on the quality of care of IDCs in hospitalised patients, and the proportion of hospitalised patients with UTI. Methods A multimodal strategy was developed in an Australian centre to educate regarding prevention of infection and to improve documentation regarding IDCs (June to October 2011). Point-prevalence audits of process measures were conducted at baseline and in early and late post-intervention periods. Administrative coding was used to quantify UTI infections in hospitalised patients. Results Documentation of clinical practice regarding IDC insertion and maintenance improved post-intervention and was sustained. Compliance with current best practice for managing IDCs improved in the early post-intervention period, but was not sustained. Administratively coded UTIs decreased by 13 following the intervention. Conclusions An organisation-wide multimodal strategy to improve processes concerning IDC care and documentation was successfully implemented, with an associated reduction in UTIs arising during hospital stay. To achieve sustainability, practices must be embedded into routine clinical care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117 - 121
Number of pages5
JournalHealthcare Infection
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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