Partnered with UMass Medical School to conduct a study identifying themes for indwelling catheter use, and triggers for CAUTIs in Connecticut skilled nursing facilities.

Challenge:

Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs) are healthcare-association infections that cause suffering for thousands of hospital and nursing home patients every year. CAUTIs are costly, common and often preventable by reducing unnecessary urinary catheter use.

Solution:

Qualidigm partnered with the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School to conduct a three year study focused on indwelling catheter use CAUTIs in Connecticut skilled nursing facilities. Qualidigm oversaw the recruitment of nursing homes to participate in the project and implement on-site data abstraction and data collection efforts.

Benefit:

Through the study, themes for catheter use and/or triggers for CAUTIs were identified. Additionally, stakeholders adopted clinical practice standards and survey, and nursing homes across New England received education on best practices. In addition, a toolkit with prevention materials was developed, disseminated to the nursing homes and evaluated through on-site assessments.