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Identification of Individual Patient Characteristics for Susceptibility to CAUTI in the Neuro ICU setting

Project Description: Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) is the most common health-care associated infection accounting for > 560,000 nosocomial infections annually (Gould,2016). According to the Center for Disease Control, CAUTIs are also a leading cause of secondary blood stream infection resulting in approximately 13,000 deaths annually. The neurocritical care population is especially at risk for CAUTI development related to cognitive, motor, and sensory deficits. Neuro ICU’s goal was to eliminate CAUTIs, defined as a rate of zero. With Initial efforts (2008-2012), CAUTI rate was reduced from 13.1 to 4.0/1000 catheter days (Titsworth et al, 2012). In February 2016, NeuroICU launched a patient centered quality improvement effort to further reduce CAUTIs and began critically identifying which patients met the clinical definition for CAUTI and the circumstances surrounding their diagnosis.

QPI: Amna, Qureshi, (

Collaborators: Beryl, Ojwang, (

Advisors: Jacqueline, Baron-Lee, (

UF Health Big Aims: Reduce Variation None

MeSH Keywords: Catheterization, Risk Factors, Urinary Tract Infections, Catheter-Related Infections, risk reduction, E. Coli