An AHRQ-funded study found that catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) surveillance practices within Veterans Administration (VA) nursing homes were more robust than those at non-VA nursing homes. Researchers who surveyed 47 VA and 306 non-VA facilities in 41 states found that 94 percent of VA nursing homes conduct CAUTI surveillance compared with 66 percent of non-VA nursing homes. VA nursing homes devoted, on average, 31 hours per week to infection-prevention activities compared with 12 hours by non-VA nursing homes, the study found. Non-VA nursing homes, however, were more likely to have policies concerning appropriate catheter use or catheter insertion. The authors concluded that the centralized infrastructure of the VA, increased numbers and training of staff, as well as the use of national VA benchmarks and leadership engagement, likely accounted for their findings. The study, “Comparing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection Prevention Programs Between Veterans Affairs Nursing Homes and Non-Veterans Affairs Nursing Homes,” and abstractappeared in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.
Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2016 Dec 5:1-7. [Epub ahead of print]
Comparing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection Prevention Programs Between Veterans Affairs Nursing Homes and Non-Veterans Affairs Nursing Homes.
Mody L1, Greene MT2, Saint S2, Meddings J3, Trautner BW4, Wald HL5, Crnich C6, Banaszak-Holl J7, McNamara SE8, King BJ9, Hogikyan R1, Edson BS10, Krein SL2.
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