Nursing: Geriatric Special Topics: Prevention of Catheter Associated Urinary Infection

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About the Course

Target Audience: The target audience for this education program is nurses who want to increase their ability to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

Course Overview: Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) have received increasing scrutiny over the past decade. It is now widely recognized that HAIs are often preventable adverse events related to medical care. In this course, information is presented to help nurses comprehend the rationale for catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) prevention strategies, develop an approach for implementing a comprehensive CAUTI prevention program, and catalog the most important CAUTI prevention strategies.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the impact of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI).
  • Describe the epidemiology pathogenesis of CAUTI.
  • Explain what is meant by surveillance definition of CAUTI.
  • Define CAUTI.
  • Discuss indications for indwelling urinary catheters (IUC).
  • Identify evidence-based strategies and interventions for the prevention of CAUTI.
  • Describe key components of a nurse-driven protocol for IUC removal.
  • Understand how to engage an interdisciplinary team in the prevention and management of CAUTIs.

About the Author

Heidi L. Wald, MD, MSPH, is a Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Quality Control, Department of Medicine, University of Colorado, School of Medicine, Aurora, Colorado.

Regina M. Fink, PhD, RN, AOCN, CHPN, FAAN, is a Research Nurse Scientist and Associate Professor at the University of Colorado, College of Nursing and School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, Colorado.

Mary Beth Flynn Makic, PhD, RN, CNS, CCNS, FAAN, FNAP, is a Associate Professor at the University of Colorado , Anschutz Medical Campus, College of Nursing, Aurora, Colorado.

Kathleen S. Oman, PhD, RN, FAEN, FAAN, is the Chair in Pediatric Nursing at the Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado, College of Nursing, Aurora, Colorado.

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