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WOCN Society Supports Newly Developed Tool to Reduce Costly Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections during Hospital Stays

WOCN Members Work to Target Decrease in Dangerous Infections

The WOCN Society directly supports an initiative spearheaded by the American Nurses Association (ANA) to reduce catheter–associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) — one of the most common and costly infections contracted by patients in hospitals — through an assessment and decision-making tool registered nurses (RNs) and other clinicians can use at the bedside to determine the best way to provide care.

"WOC nurses have a direct impact on reducing the number of urinary tract infections, as they are continually assessing patients to minimize the use of urinary catheter," said WOCN Society Executive Vice President Nicolette Zuecca, MPA, CAE. "With the CAUTI Tool, their expert skills and specialized training, WOC nurses will play an integral part in the prevention of UTIs."

The CAUTI Tool incorporates best practices based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. The CAUTI Tool is a one-page guide to assist clinicians in determining whether a urinary catheter is appropriate to insert; recommending alternative treatments for urinary retention and incontinence; evaluating indicators for timely catheter removal to prevent harm; and following a checklist on catheter insertion and cues for essential maintenance and post-removal care. Members from a number of professional associations, including the WOCN Society, contributed to the creation of the Tool.

The CAUTI Tool and effective implementation strategies will be officially introduced to nursing leaders across the country at ANA's upcoming National Quality Conference. ANA also plans to disseminate the CAUTI Tool to the nation's RNs, federal agencies and health care systems, geriatric and infection-prevention organizations, and other associations.

Detailed information on the CAUTI Tool can be found on the ANA's official website.

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