AHRQ Releases New Tool to Reduce CAUTI

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

January 20, 2016

Building on its Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently released a new toolkit aimed at reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in hospitals.

Released in October 2015, the toolkit consists of three modules: implementation, sustainability, and resources. Hospitals can use the CUSP program that have been successful in reducing central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) to reduce CAUTI rates in high-risk areas of the facility.

The toolkit was developed through a four-year project called “On the CUSP: Stop CAUTI” and features input from more than 1,200 hospitals in 42 states, as well as the organizations like the John Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, the Michigan Health and Hospital Keystone Center for Patient Safety and Quality, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

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