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Wabash County Hospital: Enhancing Patient Care with ERASE CAUTI Program

Posted September 23, 2013

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When patients are admitted to Wabash County Hospital, they can be confident they are getting the best care by the most educated and trained medical staff in the area. Case in point, the staff at Wabash County Hospital has recently undergone extensive training to enhance patient care focused on preventing a common healthcare-acquired infection called catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI).

CAUTI affects approximately three quarters of all catheterized patients. It can be dangerous and potentially deadly to the patient and expensive to treat. By implementing a comprehensive CAUTI prevention program, Wabash County Hospital is helping eliminate the number of AUTIs from occurring in its patients during their hospital stay. They are also achieving considerable savings, since the average cost per case is estimated to be $44,043 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Wabash County Hospital is doing something about this dangerous and expensive problem. In collaboration with Medline Industries, Inc., a provider of health care products and the developer of the CAUTI prevention program, Wabash County Hospital experienced dramatic results over a twenty-three month period. The program implements a systematic approach which includes clinical education, products, and assessment tools. In addition to these, Medline Industries, Inc. also offers assistance in tracking program’s effectiveness and continued support through webinars, user groups, and peer networking activities.

“We are very pleased with the results,” said Marilyn Custer-Mitchell CEO of Wabash County Hospital. “We feel a lot of that has to do with increased staff education on both the cause and prevention of CAUTI, and the interventions we have put in place.”

In August, Medline recognized Wabash County Hospital with an “EXCELLENCE” award for their ongoing success and dedication in preventing CAUTI.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), catheter-associated urinary tract infections are the most common hospital-acquired infection. At any given time, one in four hospital patients will have an indwelling urinary catheter—many of which are unnecessarily placed—and 75% of all UTIs are associated with a catheter. CAUTI has also been associated with increase morbidity, mortality, hospital cost, and length of stay.

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