Evaluation of evidence-based practice of catheter associated urinary tract infections prevention in a critical care setting: An integrative review

Michelle Henry


Background and objective: An estimated 449,300 catheter-associated tract urinary infection (CAUTI) incidents affecting Americans and 13,000 CAUTI-related deaths in the United States every year. The purpose of the review was the appraisal and integration of the best evidence practice for preventing CAUTI interventions and strategies to guide safety and quality initiatives in order to improve patient care.

Methods: A total of 20 articles complied with the exclusion and inclusion criteria. The articles were studied, and the chosen articles were categorized in two areas of study: CAUTI prevention, and nurse education and knowledge improvement.

Results: The articles selected were reviewed to encompass a review on the articles offering the most applicable corresponding information involving catheter-associated urinary tract infections and competency-based education.

Conclusions: Analysis of the data from the literature search indicates the potential lack of compliance of CAUTI infection control practices is an issue for CAUTI problem. So implementing the best evidence to enforce CAUTI bundles compliance for CAUTI prevention is a key to reduce CAUTI rates.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/jnep.v8n7p22

Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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