King’s Daughters Infection Control team presented at Kentucky’s statewide Infection Prevention and Control conference in Somerset in September. Lisa Fritz, KDMC infection control coordinator, and Lynn Ann Burnette, accreditation and infection prevention director, took the stage to share with other infection preventionists the success that King’s Daughters has had in reducing catheter-associated unrinary tract infection or CAUTI.
“King’s Daughters has one of the lowest CAUTI rates in Kentucky,” said Fritz. “CAUTI represents an estimated 40 percent of healthcare-associated infections in the U.S., and it can increase patient risk for mortality and morbidity, increase the length of stay in the hospital and add to the cost of healthcare.”
Patients get CAUTI when germs (usually bacteria) enter the urinary tract through the urinary catheter and cause infection.
Fritz said King’s Daughters implemented a multi-disciplinary prevention approach that includes nurses, physicians and Infection Control specialists that has successfully reduced CAUTI by 90 percent. The approach includes implementation of evidence-based best practices, team member education, process and outcome monitoring.
“Our compassionate and highly-skilled patient care team members are dedicated to providing our customers with the highest quality care,” said Fritz. “Their commitment is the reason for our success.”
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