Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs)

Project Launch

18 February 2016

On Thursday, 18 February 2016, the CEC formally launched the CAUTI Improvement Project in NSW and released a suite of resources to support the prevention of CAUTIs in acute care settings. This event was attended by one hundred delegates from across NSW, representing metropolitan, regional and rural facilities and was targeted at quality improvement advisors and clinical staff from high catheter use units (emergency, intensive care, general surgical, general medical, aged care geriatrics). It was great to also see several local leaders in continence and urology services and infection prevention and control in attendance and supporting the teams that will go on to implement local initiatives to reduce CAUTIs in their clinical units.

Guest speakers at the event included A/Prof Peter Taylor, from SEALS Microbiology, who spoke about the burden of CAUTIs on healthcare systems, with links to increasing antimicrobial resistance, and how they affect patient care, and A/Prof Brett Mitchell, from Avondale College of Higher Education, who spoke about CAUTI surveillance and the extent of the problem. Jan Gralton from the CEC gave a ‘tour’ of the new CEC resources, and fantastic presentations from three passionate leaders from NSW pilot sites were then given. An afternoon workshop on using the driver diagram methodology to identify local CAUTIs problems and develop high priority, rationalised solutions for testing was facilitated by Wendy Jamieson from the CEC.

The CEC received very positive feedback regarding the value and quality of this event. A list of speakers and PDF copies of presentations have been provided below.


CAUTI Presentations

Associate Professor Peter Taylor,
Director of Microbiology, St George Hospital, Kogarah, South East Area Laboratory Services
CAUTIs - A problem for patients and the system PDF ~2MB

Associate Professor Brett Mitchell,
Associate Professor in Nursing, Avondale College of Higher Education
CAUTIs - How big is the problem? PDF ~1.7MB

Dr Jan Gralton,
HAI Project Officer, Clinical Excellence Commission
A tour of the CEC’s CAUTIs resources PDF ~4.7MB

Mr Matthew Gould,
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Intensive Care Bega Hospital
Implementing the pre-insertion decision support tool PDF ~1.4MB

Mrs Kerrie Thomas,
Clinical Nurse Consultant, Ambulatory Care Unit, Aged and Extended Care division,
St George Hospital
Implementing the urine specimen collection decision support tool PDF ~433KB

Ms Suzanne Lovell-Smart,
Clinical Nurse Consultant for Infection Prevention and Control at Orange Health Service
Implementing the criteria led urinary catheter removal protocol PDF ~928KB

Ms Wendy Jamieson,
Program Manager for the Clinical Leadership and Improvement Program,
Clinical Excellence Commission
Is there a problem and how do we fix it?
A workshop on using driver diagrams to identify problems and solutions
PDF ~3.3MB

Dr Jan Gralton,
HAI Project Officer, Clinical Excellence Commission
What needs to be done next? PDF ~479KB


Media Release

NSW hospitals unite to reduce infections
18 February 2016

A state wide program and the release of new resources and tools aimed at reducing catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) was launched today by the Clinical Excellence Commission in Sydney. Senior doctors and nurses from across NSW gathered to learn more about the burden and impact these infections can have on patients and how to better avoid them.

A/Prof Brett Mitchell from Avondale College of Higher Education, said catheter associated urinary tract infections were a global problem. "We know that around the world urinary tract infections account for more than 20 per cent of health care associated infections. While we don’t have numbers specific to local hospitals we know everyone in health care needs to be on the front foot with this issue," Prof Mitchell said. "It's wonderful to see NSW hospitals working with the Clinical Excellence Commission to address this important issue."

The launch of the resources follows strong support for the tools during their pilot phase in 18 NSW hospitals over the past 2 years.

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