About the Toolkit Development

Toolkit for Reducing CAUTI in Hospitals

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.


Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) are a common type of health care-associated infection. Complications associated with CAUTI result in increased length of stay, patient discomfort, excess health care costs, and sometimes mortality. However, many cases of CAUTI are preventable. As many as one-fourth of all hospital inpatients may have a short-term, indwelling urinary catheter placed during their hospital stay; a significant portion of these catheters are placed without appropriate indications.

To address this problem, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funded the On the CUSP: Stop CAUTI program, a 4-year initiative to reduce mean rates of CAUTI in U.S. hospitals. Led by the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) of the American Hospital Association, the collaborative worked with State organizations and hospitals across the country to implement the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) and CAUTI reduction practices in hospital units.

Project Partners

On the CUSP: Stop CAUTI was conducted through a national partnership that brought together subject matter experts, providers, and researchers in the field.

Partners included—

  • Health Research & Educational Trust
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality
  • Michigan Health & Hospital Association Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality
  • St. John Hospital and Medical Center
  • University of Michigan Health System

Faculty organizations—

  • Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
  • Emergency Nurses Association
  • Society for Critical Care Medicine
  • Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
  • Society of Hospital Medicine

Agency partner—

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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Page last reviewed March 2018
Page originally created September 2015
Internet Citation: About the Toolkit Development. Content last reviewed March 2018. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. https://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/hais/tools/cauti-hospitals/toolkit-about.html
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