Toolkit To Reduce CAUTI and Other HAIs in Long-Term Care Facilities
The Toolkit To Reduce CAUTI and other HAIs in Long-Term Care Facilities helps long-term care (LTC) facilities reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) and improve practices to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Based on principles and methods from the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP), the toolkit provides resources to enhance leadership and staff engagement, teamwork, and safety culture, in order to facilitate consistent use of evidence-based practices. The toolkit includes instructional materials and resources in infection prevention best practices (e.g., foundational infection prevention strategies, CAUTI prevention, antibiotic stewardship), resident and family engagement, quality improvement, and sustainability to guide your facility through implementing an improvement project to reduce HAIs. The toolkit's resources were used by LTC facilities that participated in the AHRQ Safety Program for Long-Term Care: HAIs/CAUTI, which successfully reduced CAUTI rates.
How To Use This Toolkit
The toolkit is organized into three main sections that your facility can use to implement an improvement project to reduce CAUTI and other HAIs. Each section contains guides, tools, slide sets, and videos to support implementation. All materials are publicly available and downloadable online. Many can be modified to meet local facility needs and criteria.
Each section contains customizable resources that your facility can use to implement an improvement project to reduce CAUTI and other HAIs.
About the Toolkit Development
The toolkit was developed during a 3-year project, the AHRQ Safety Program for Long-Term Care: HAIs/CAUTI, which involved a national quality improvement collaborative designed to reduce CAUTIs and enhance patient safety culture and practices. The project brought together subject matters experts from partner organizations and approximately 500 participating long-term care facilities across the country.