Reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infections at a district general hospital

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Chesterfield Royal Hospital developed an improvement strategy to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections after data revealed rates were double the national average.

Chesterfield Royal Hospital: six step strategy for reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infections PDF, 1.1 MB

The infection prevention and control team at Chesterfield Royal Hospital have been working to reduce rates of E. coli bloodstream infections since March 2013.

There has been a significant decrease in patient harm, shortened lengths of stay for this group of patients, and patient flow has improved within the organisation.

The trust invested in a 12-month full-time band 6 post to implement this project. This, along with commitment and determination, helped the project succeed.

Diane Holland, Deputy Director of Infection Prevention and Control

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