Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
More than 13,000 deaths and $340 million in health care costs are the result of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) annually in the United States. CAUTIs can also result in acute patient discomfort and potentially preventable exposure to antibiotics. The hospital for which this quality improvement project was developed was above the National Healthcare Safety Network CAUTI bench mark. Framed within the Iowa model of evidence-based practice, a multidisciplinary team of 8 hospital stakeholders guided the project (n=8). The purpose of the project was to develop an indwelling urinary catheter maintenance checklist using evidence-based practice guidelines related to preexisting inappropriate risk factors for catheterization and appropriate indications for catheterization, as well as evidence-based maintenance practices for care of the indwelling catheter. Each piece of evidence to be included in the checklist was evaluated by 4 content experts using a 10 item 5 point Likert scale ranging from â??strongly disagreeâ?? to â??strongly agreeâ??. Descriptive analysis showed an average of 4.8/5 for all items with â??agreeâ?? being voiced in two of the items rather than â??strongly agreeâ??. The checklist was completed and presented to hospital senior leadership who recommended that the checklist be incorporated into the hospital CAUTI prevention plan. All project team members (n=8) completed an 8 item 5 point Likert scale summative evaluation of the purpose, goal, objectives, and my leadership which averaged as 5 or â??strongly agreeâ?? supporting the development of the project. Implications for social change include improved patient outcomes, mindful stewardship of healthcare dollars, and increased patient and family satisfaction.