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Northwell Health Reduces Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

In 2012, Northwell Health formed an organization-wide steering committee to oversee its “Aiming for Zero” program, an initiative focused on eliminating catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs)—the most common type of healthcare-acquired infections—across the health system’s 15 acute care and children’s hospitals throughout the New York area.

Using facility-specific CAUTI teams, uniform guidelines and best practice prevention strategies, and uniform metrics on internal and public websites, Northwell’s initiative has resulted in a 52% decrease in CAUTIs, a nearly 20% decrease in indwelling catheter days in 2015, and there was just one catheter-associated infection at the children’s hospital from 2014 to 2015. The program also decreased antibiotic exposure to patients, decreased the risk of other infections that occur due to antibiotic resistance, and reduced potentially life-threatening complications.