Patients deserve and expect safe, high-quality, evidence-based care from their health care providers. This requires hospitals to have a continuous focus on improvement to ensure the quality and safety of the care delivery processes and the use of evidence-based practice.
In 2013 GVMH made the decision to eliminate Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) in our organization. To accomplish our goal we began a comprehensive, interdisciplinary quality and safety improvement project to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) by 25% through implementation of evidence-based policies, processes, and protocols.
There were many reasons this project was given priority focus at our organization. CAUTI was the most common healthcare-associated infections occurring within our patient population and considered to be reasonably preventable when appropriate, evidence-based strategies are in place, this project was deemed as one that could significantly improve patient outcomes and experience, as well as reduce the costs associated with care and treatment of patients who develop a CAUTI.
Research estimates that costs associated with CAUTI range from $911 to treat a symptomatic CAUTI (with a 1 day length of stay increase) up to $3,824 to treat a blood stream infection associated with an indwelling urinary catheter (with an average of 3 days length of stay increase).
Through hard work and diligence by nursing staff and providers, GVMH has gone more that 1,000 days without a CAUTI and we are being recognized as a leader in the state for our efforts.
On November 3, GVMH will be presented with the prestigious Aim for Excellence Award at the Missouri Hospital Association Annual Convention. The award recognizes up to six hospitals across the state who have been successful at improving the patient experience, improving patient health and decreasing cost. GVMH has been identified as a role model organization in reducing CAUTI’s. More importantly, GVMH is being recognized for our efforts in the primary role of all health care providers – “first do no harm”. Adopting processes to help our patients avoid preventable infections is more than just good care, it’s about saving lives and providing the best care.
GVMH is your hospital and that’s why we Aim for Excellence.