Reducing Unnecessary Urinary Catheter Use in the Emergency Department

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Reducing Unnecessary Urinary Catheter Use in the Emergency Department

Margarita E. Pena, MD, FACEP

Medical Director, Clinical Decision Unit
St. John Hospital and Medical Center
Detroit, MI

Image: Photo of Dr. Marguerite Pena.

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Learning Objectives

  1. Explain how to establish guidelines for urinary catheter placement in the ED
  2. Explain how to engage physicians with the guidelines
  3. Describe the process for rechecking, revising and reviewing the guidelines

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1. Establish Clear Guidelines

  • Identify ED physician champion
  • ID and ED physician champions collaborate to establish guidelines
  • They agree on a list of acceptable indications for UC use that are clearly identified
  • Reasons beyond CDC HICPAC appropriate indications for UC placement in the ED are added to the hospital-specific guidelines

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2. Physician Engagement

  • The ED champion educates ED physician staff on the importance of appropriate ED UC use
  • Collaborative UC guidelines are presented and discussed
  • Final UC guidelines are placed on pocket cards and posters and discussed at department meetings and at (resident) lectures

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Spreading the Message

Image: Screen shot of the emergency department-specific guidelines.

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3. The 3 R’s: Recheck, Revise, Review

  • Recheck: reasons for guideline noncompliance; identify opportunities:
    • Ex. Resident champion identified for resident buy-in
  • Revise: alter guidelines PRN:
    • Ex. Indication for acute mental status changes with agitation removed
    • Ex. UC requirement for emergent pelvic ultrasound removed after collaboration with Radiology
  • Review: guidelines periodically with all ED staff

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You Can Do It!

Large arrow with the following text boxes imposed over it: Collaborative Guidelines leading to Physician Buy-In leading to The 3 R's leading to Success!

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Discussion Questions

  1. Do you already have an ED attending physician champion?
  2. What is the greatest barrier you anticipate in establishing this project?
  3. What successful methods have you used in the past to ensure physician buy-in of clinical processes?

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Thank you!

Questions?

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Funding

Prepared by the Health Research & Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association with contract funding provided by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality through the contract, “National Implementation of Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) to Reduce Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI), project number HHSA290201000025I/HHSA29032001T, Task Order #1.”

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Page last reviewed December 2017
Page originally created November 2015
Internet Citation: Reducing Unnecessary Urinary Catheter Use in the Emergency Department. Content last reviewed December 2017. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/hais/cauti-tools/archived-webinars/reducing-urinary-catheter-use-ed-slides.html