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Commission report focuses on CAUTI prevention

Sunday October 2, 2011
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A new report from The Joint Commission provides hospitals with in-depth information about a 2012 National Patient Safety Goal related to preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infections in hospitals.

An estimated 450,000 catheter-associated urinary tract infections occur annually in hospitals and represent the leading cause of healthcare-associated infection in hospitals, according to a Joint Commission news release.

The commission's R3 Report is designed to give hospitals and critical-access hospitals a deeper understanding of the new requirements to use evidence-based practices to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections. The report provides information on the specific elements of performance for the National Patient Safety Goal that goes into effect Jan. 1.

The goal will require hospitals and critical access hospitals to insert and manage indwelling urinary catheters according to established evidence-based guidelines, and measure and monitor catheter-associated urinary tract prevention processes and outcomes in high-volume areas.

The R3 Report provides the rationale for the goal, reference information, results of feedback from the field and level of evidence for each element of performance.

To download the R3 Report on catheter-associated urinary tract infections, visit http://www.jointcommission.org/r3_issue2/.

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