Reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infections in a neuro-spine intensive care unit

Kimberly Schelling*, Janet Palamone, Kathryn Thomas, Andrew Naidech, Christina Silkaitis, Jennifer Henry, Maureen Bolon, Teresa R. Zembower

*Corresponding author for this work

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A collaborative effort reduced catheter-associated urinary tract infections in the neuro-spine intensive care unit where the majority of infections occurred at our institution. Our stepwise approach included retrospective data review, daily rounding with clinicians, developing and implementing an action plan, conducting practice audits, and sharing of real-time data outcomes. The catheter-associated urinary tract infection rate was reduced from 8.18 to 0.93 per 1,000 catheter-days and standardized infection ratio decreased from 2.16 to 0.37.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)892-894
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015


  • Collaborative improvement project
  • Indwelling urinary catheter
  • Infection prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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