Resident Physicians as Champions in Preventing Device-Associated Infections

Focus on Reducing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections


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Epidemiology of Invasive Devices and Complications
Examples of Patient Harm Related to Invasive Devices
Preventing Device-Associated Infections
   Placement, Maintenance, and Removal
   Peripheral Venous Catheters
   Central Venous Catheters
   Urinary Catheters
Resident Physicians as Safety Champions
   Resident Physicians as Champions
   Incorporating Device Evaluation Into Daily Work
   Differences Between the Units
Preventing CAUTI: Focus on Culturing Stewardship
Tools To Help Mitigate Device Risk
   Resident Physician Device Risk Checklist
   Resident Physician Device Risk Pocket Card
   CUSP Toolkit
   TeamSTEPPS Pocket Guide
Plan To Help Incorporate the Role of Champions for Resident Physicians
Appendix A. Teamwork and Communication Definitions and Tools


The toolkit was prepared by Mohamad G. Fakih, M.D., M.P.H.


St. John Hospital and Medical Center
Karen Jones, R.N.; Debi Hopfner, R.N.; Rebecca Battjes, B.A.; Takiah Williams, R.N.; Steven Minnick, M.D., M.B.A.; Mina El-Kateb, M.D.; Anjun Kumar, M.D.; Susanna Szpunar, Ph.D., M.P.H.; Elango Edhayan, M.D.; Raymond Hilu, M.D.; Louis Saravolatz, M.D.

Henry Ford Hospital
Marcus Zervos, M.D.; Kate Reyes, M.D., M.P.H.

Health Research & Educational Trust
Marcia Cooke, D.N.P., R.N.-B.C..; Barbara Edson, R.N., M.B.A., M.H.A.

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This document was prepared in part 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.”

It is based on two previous documents prepared for the Partnership for Patients Ascension Health Hospital Engagement Network efforts to reduce hospital-acquired infections and promote culturing stewardship (November 2012 and February 2013).

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not reflect the official position of AHRQ or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

None of the investigators have any affiliations or financial involvement that conflicts with the material presented in this document.

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