Toolkit for Reducing CAUTI in Hospitals


The Toolkit for Reducing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) in Hospitals helps hospitals prevent CAUTI in patients and improve safety culture at the unit level by implementing concepts from the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP). Health care professionals can use it to make care safer by following clinical best practices and creating a culture of safety. The toolkit has evidence-based, practical resources that reflect the real-world experiences of the frontline providers and researchers who participated in a national implementation project to reduce CAUTIs. It builds on the core CUSP toolkit by providing specific tools focused on reducing CAUTI in hospitals.

Toolkit Elements

The toolkit consists of three modules—Implementation, Sustainability, and Resources—that a hospital unit can use to teach team members specific ways to create a culture of safety and adopt best practices regarding CAUTI prevention. Each module contains guides, tools, and archived Webinars. The toolkit also contains information specific to emergency departments, intensive care units, and resident physicians and graduate medical training programs.

These guides and tools are available. The rest of the toolkit is in development and will be posted as available.

About the Toolkit Development

The toolkit was developed as part of a national implementation project to reduce CAUTI in hospitals. The 4-year project brought together subject matter experts and participating hospitals across the country.

Page last reviewed October 2015
Internet Citation: Toolkit for Reducing CAUTI in Hospitals. October 2015. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.