AHRQ Study Finds Lack of Training Among Nurses on Proper Urinary Catheter Use and Specimen Collection
Key skills may be lacking among many nurses who treat patients with urinary catheters, according to a recent AHRQ-funded study. The researchers found that recommended procedures to test for catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI), a common hospital-associated infection, are not followed in many cases. Collecting specimens for urine culture is a key part of testing for CAUTI, requiring proper procedures for arriving at accurate results and keeping patients safe. Of 394 nurses studied, 76 percent reported receiving education on CAUTI risk reduction within the last 12 months. Almost half of the nurses did not believe that their peers comply with urine sample collection standards. This research indicates the importance of addressing both nursing competencies for obtaining urine cultures and nurses’ knowledge as to when the culture is indicated. The researchers concluded that nurses are not commonly evaluated on the skills of placing and maintaining urinary catheters. Read the abstract for “How and When Nurses Collect Urine Cultures on Catheterized Patients: A Survey of 5 Hospitals,” which appeared in the February 2016 issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.
How and when nurses collect urine cultures on catheterized patients: A survey of 5 hospitals. - PubMed - NCBI
Am J Infect Control. 2016 Feb 1;44(2):173-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2015.09.003. Epub 2015 Oct 20.
How and when nurses collect urine cultures on catheterized patients: A survey of 5 hospitals.
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Catheters; Nurses; Urine cultures
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