JOURNAL ARTICLE

Decreasing urinary tract infections through staff development, outcomes, and nursing process

Kevin J Ribby
Journal of Nursing Care Quality 2006, 21 (3): 272-6
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For patients with indwelling catheters, even with current standards of care and evidence-based practice, urinary tract infections continue to be a problem. Data were gathered on urinary catheter usage in a large, rural acute care hospital, and outcomes profiles were developed (including mortality, morbidity, length of stay, and costs). An innovative poster and video approach focusing on alternatives to urinary catheterization, early discontinuance of catheters, and proper insertion and care techniques were used to educate nursing staff and improve outcomes.

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