The quest for best practice in caring for the home care patient with an indwelling urinary catheter: the New Jersey experience

Josephine Sienkiewicz, Ginny Wilkinson, Kathleen D Emr
Home Healthcare Nurse 2008, 26 (2): 121-8; quiz 129-30
This article describes the development of a urinary tract infection (UTI) benchmarking project by the Home Care Association of New Jersey for New Jersey's home care agencies. In the quest for best practice in caring for the home care client with an indwelling urinary catheter, identification of an acceptable UTI rate for indwelling catheter patients was needed to use as a benchmark for care practices.A literature search showed a paucity of evidence. Therefore, the Association agreed to lead a project aimed at identifying what was currently happening in home care settings as a beginning benchmark.

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