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Action Plan Tool for Project Sustainability
Do you want to sustain the gains you’ve achieved during your improvement project? This worksheet will help your team identify what’s currently working and what’s not working, outline future goals for CAUTI prevention and develop clear next steps and an action plan to reach ongoing CAUTI prevention goals.
Action Plan Tool for Project Sustainability (.doc)

Board Checklist
This checklist clarifies the role of governance in CAUTI reduction and helps leaders to focus on key tasks around CUSP implementation and CAUTI reduction.
Board Checklist (.doc)

CAUTI Event Report Template
When a CAUTI occurs in your unit, use this tool by the North Carolina Quality Center to identify potential root causes. 
CAUTI Event Report Template (.doc)

CAUTI Team Checkup Tool
This PDF presents the questions on the Team Checkup Tool, which teams participating in On the CUSP: Stop CAUTI should submit quarterly.
CAUTI Team Checkup Tool (.pdf)

HSOPS Poster
Use this template poster by Meritus Medical Center in Maryland to encourage staff completion of the AHRQ Hospital Survey of Patient Safety Culture.
HSOPS Poster (.ppt)

Interpreting CAUTI Data Trends Tool
This tool presents suggested questions and action items in response to different trends in your data submission rates and process and outcome data.
Interpreting CAUTI Data Trends Tool (.xls)

Learning From Defects Worksheet
A defect is any event or situation that you would not want to have happen again. Use this worksheet to explore root causes of defects and prevent a repeat occurrence.
Learning From Defects Worksheet (.doc)
Learning From Defects Worksheet Sample (.doc)

Oregon Team Coaching Model
The model presented in this powerpoint presentation spells out key questions to help unit teams focus on the “big picture” around catheter utilization. The model helps teams to gather information about current practice and provides sample action items in response to a case example.
Oregon Team Coaching Model (.ppt)

Guidelines and Protocols

APIC Implementation Guide: Guide to Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections
This vital guide provides new and expanded content on the epidemiology and pathogenesis of CAUTI; surveillance and reporting; patient safety; and CAUTI prevention in special populations (pediatrics, spinal cord injury, long-term care, and ICU).
Guide to Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (.pdf)

HICPAC Guidelines for Prevention of CAUTI
This guideline by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee details indications for appropriate use of urinary catheters, describes proper techniques for catheter insertion and maintenance and offers recommendations for surveillance.
HICPAC Guidelines for Prevention of CAUTI (.pdf)

Improving the Culture of Culturing: Avoiding Unnecessary Urine Cultures in Catheterized Patients
Obtaining unnecessary urine cultures in catheterized patients can lead to increased antimicrobial use, resulting in more antimicrobial resistance, Clostridium difficile infection, and adverse drug events. This brief practical guide by Dr. Mohamad Fakih for Ascension Health addresses appropriate use of urine cultures.
Improving the Culture of Culturing (.pdf)

Nurse-Driven Protocol for Catheter Removal
The role of nursing is key to reducing inappropropriate use of urinary catheters. This template protocol uses an algorithm for assessment of urinary catheters and discontinuation of catheters that are no longer necessary. No physician order is required for discontinuation of catheters.
Nurse-Driven Protocol for Catheter Removal (.doc)

Preventing Device-Associated Infections in Hospitals
This practical guide by Dr. Mohamad Fakih for the Ascension Health Hospital Engagement Network details steps to preventing harm associated with venous catheters, urinary catheters, and endotracheal tubes. 
Preventing Device-Associated Infections in Hospitals (.pdf)

Strategies to Prevent Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections in Acute Care Hospitals: 2014 Update
New expert guidance published in the May 2014  issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, as part of the updated Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals, highlights strategies to prevent CAUTI.
Strategies to Prevent Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections in Acute Care Hospitals: 2014 Update

Urinary Tract Infections: What You Need to Know to Reduce Your Risk
This consumer alert will help you educate patients on reducing the risk of developing CAUTI. The alert was developed by APIC Communications Committee member, Barbara Smith, RN, BSN, MPA, CIC. Read the article and sign up to receive monthly consumer alerts to educate patients and families.
Urinary Tract Infections: What You Need to Know to Reduce Your Risk

MHA Care Counts

Care Counts Compatibility with Internet Explorer 10 (.pdf)

CAUTI MHA Care Counts User Manual (.pdf)

Quick Guide CAUTI Reports (.doc)

National Healthcare Safety Network

CDC CAUTI Event Definition & Criterion Form (.pdf)

Denominator ICU Form (.pdf)

Instructions for Completion of UTI (.pdf)

NHSN Manual (.pdf)

NHSN UTI Form (.pdf)

Webinar on CDC NHSN Definitions for CAUTI (.wmv)

Websites

University of Michigan’s CatheterOut.org Website
The CatheterOut website is the online version of a toolkit developed by VA Ann Arbor Health System and the University of Michigan to reduce catheter use and CAUTI in hospitalized adult patients. The website includes data collection tools, protocols, a CAUTI Cost Calculator, and a Guide to Patient Safety (GPS) tool.
University of Michigan’s CatheterOut.org Website