SBH Health System embarked on a focused quality-and-safety initiative to reduce the number of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs) and the number of indwelling urinary catheter days. They used several strategies to achieve these reductions, including: standardized protocols and guidelines; Partnership for Patients initiatives; best-practice prevention methods; improved communication with stakeholders; and collaborative teamwork.
As a result, SBH Health System decreased hospital-wide CAUTIs by 75% from January through September 2016 when compared to 2015 with a Standardized Infection Ratio (SIR) of less than one. During the same timeframe, the number of indwelling urinary catheter days decreased by 47%. In addition to reducing the number of infections, SBH Health System realized a financial benefit due to a decrease in antibiotic use and lab services.