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Partnering to STOP CAUTI

What is a CAUTI?

CAUTI is an acronym for catheter-associated urinary tract infection, the most common type of healthcare associated infection.


STOP CAUTI is a multifaceted project utilizing Surveillance to Prevent Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection.

The STOP CAUTI Workgroup

The STOP CAUTI workgroup is comprised of a subset of member hospitals of NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders), a national geriatric nursing education program. Workgroup hospitals are dedicated to the elimination of preventable catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) in older hospitalized patients. STOP CAUTI hospitals will participate in and benefit from a number of activities targeted to support efforts to eliminate these largely preventable harms of hospital care. Specifically, they will use standardized surveillance methodology making extensive use of electronic health records to track catheter duration and CAUTIs. This group's work will culminate in a multi-site quality improvement project evaluating the impact audit and feedback on processes and outcomes of care.