Joint Commission offers guidance on reducing UTIs

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A new "R3 Report" from the Joint Commission (JC) offers hospitals information on ways to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections (UTIs) in hospitals.

Each year, hospitals see approximately 450,000 catheter-associated UTIs. This makes them the leading cause of healthcare-associated infection in hospitals, according to a JC statement, announcing the release of the report.

The report is designed to help hospitals understand specific elements of performance needed to meet the JC’s National Patient Safety Goal on urinary tract infections in hospitals, which will go into effect Jan. 1, 2012.

The goal will require hospitals and critical access hospitals to:
  • Insert indwelling urinary catheters according to established evidence-based guidelines.
  • Manage indwelling urinary catheters according to established evidence-based guidelines.
  • Measure and monitor catheter-associated urinary tract infection 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 read the full report, click here.