Michigan hospitals lead nation in CA-UTI reduction

Sam R. Watson, senior vice president, Patient Safety and Quality at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association and executive director of the MHA Keystone Center

Michigan hospitals reduced catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CA-UTIs) by 25 percent, compared to a 6 percent reduction experienced by hospitals in the remainder of the country, according to a study released today in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine.

CA-UTIs are one of the most frequent hospital-associated infections in the United States, and many CA-UTIs can be prevented. The MHA Keystone Center initiative aims to eliminate CA-UTIs by focusing on the care of necessary catheters and timely removal of nonessential catheters. These practices include routinely monitoring urinary catheter placement, duration and discontinuation, use of alternatives to indwelling urinary catheters, use of portable bladder ultrasounds monitoring, and proper insertion care and maintenance.

Nearly every Michigan hospital participates in the MHA Keystone Center project to reduce CA-UTIs, demonstrating the serious commitment of Michigan’s dedicated doctors, nurses and hospitals leaders to put patients first. The MHA Keystone Center initiative is funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM). The support from BCBSM helps defray costs to hospitals for data collection and sharing and allows for the implementation of new processes and procedures to improve quality and safety.

This guest post is by Sam R. Watson, senior vice president, Patient Safety and Quality at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association and executive director of the MHA Keystone Center.


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