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A Multimodal Intervention to Reduce Urinary Catheter Use and Associated Infection at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center

  • Brady L. Miller (a1) (a2), Sarah L. Krein (a1) (a2) (a3), Karen E. Fowler (a2) (a3), Karen Belanger (a2) (a3), Debbie Zawol (a1) (a3), Crystal Bye (a3), Mary Ann Rickelmann (a3), JoEllyn Smith (a2) (a3), Carol Chenoweth (a1) and Sanjay Saint (a1) (a2) (a3)...

Abstract

We assessed the impact of a quality improvement intervention to reduce urinary catheter use and associated urinary tract infections (UTIs) at a single hospital. After implementation, UTIs were reduced by 39% (P = .04). Additionally, we observed a slight decrease in catheter use and the number of catheters without an appropriate indication.

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Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Health Care System, Health Services Research and Development, Center for Clinical Management Research (152), 2215 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 (bradymil@med.umich.edu)

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