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Automate Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) Surveillance

 

By John Shepard

Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs)  are required to be reported to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Health Safety Network (NHSN) in most states. CAUTIs are the most common healthcare associated infection (HAI) in the United States, and are associated with increased health care costs and mortality.

Identifying CAUTIs is costly and time-consuming. A study in AJIC estimated almost 50% of IP’s time is devoted to collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data related to infections.2 Given the time and costs associated with HAI surveillance, IPs are looking for a more efficient process to identify CAUITs and report the infections to regulatory agencies.

Reducing the burden of mandated surveillance is paramount to reducing CAUTIs and all HAIs. With IPs devoting more time to surveillance, healthcare facilities are lacking the time and resources to implement interventions that will reduce or eliminate CAUTIs. With the implementation of electronic algorithms, like Shepard Health’s FIXXER software, CAUTI surveillance has been shown to be automated completely or at least reduced by 95%.

FIXXER utilizes a peer-reviewed algorithm that connects with existing data systems toidentify CAUTIs using the NHSN definition. FIXXER notifies users when a CAUTI or Possible CAUTI has been identified, and compiles the data for analysis and reportingto NHSN. FIXXER seamlessly integrates into any IPs workflow and drastically reduces the burden of CAUTI surveillance.