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WellStar Paulding Improves Patient Safety by Eliminating CAUTI
​​The front-line nursing staff proved crucial to the efforts in eliminating catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). The WellStar Paulding ICU has been five years without CAUTI.

WellStar Paulding Hospital’s ICU staff recently celebrated their success at improving patient safety by eliminating catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). They have been five years without a CAUTI in the ICU.

Urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of the most common types of healthcare-associated infections, accounting for more than 12 percent of infections reported by acute care hospitals, according to the CDC. Paulding’s ICU and infection control staff joined efforts to decrease the number of CAUTIs.

Some of the interventions were simple policy and process changes, while others required equipment changes. But it was the engagement of the front-line nursing staff that proved crucial to the efforts, which included:

  • Performing CHG product use and bathing practices
  • Eliminating/reducing indwelling urinary catheter (IUC) placement
  • Education on appropriate indications for IUC placement
  • Daily assessment of catheter necessity
  • Reminding staff about the nurse-driven IUC removal protocol to improve awareness among staff
  • Use of external catheter systems

WellStar Paulding Hospital also celebrated another accomplishment recently. It won the Florida Sterling Georgia Oglethorpe Award, which recognizes the hospital’s exceedingly high performance in patient safety, workforce engagement, and financial stewardship.​