Letter from the Editor
Hello all! I hope your summer is going well. I’m excited to present a great QIPS Newsletter this month. Up first, Dr. Nedza discusses patient safety in the era of value-based payment, with some very thought-provoking commentary. Drs. Sverha and Fuller discuss prevention of catheter associated UTI in the ED, and Dr. Meyers continues his commentary on diagnostic error in medicine, and the upcoming IOM report. Read More »
It has been a busy time for the QIPS section, with planning for our next webinar and the upcoming ACEP15 meeting. Dr. Turelli has details of ongoing accomplishments in his Letter from the Chair. I hope you enjoy!
Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) Prevention in the ED
According to the CDC, catheter associated UTIs (CAUTIs) have been a significant source of HAI mortality and injury in the US. It has been estimated that 9,000 deaths and 380,000 UTIs are caused by unnecessary or improperly place urinary catheters. (CDC CAUTI Guideline 2009 ref #22).Read More »
Because many urinary catheters (UC) are placed in the ED setting, the American Hospital Association created an ED specific resource as part of their “On the Cusp, Stop HAI” program. Several valuable tools and resources are located on the site to enroll EDs in the practices for decreasing CAUTI. The site does have a considerable focus on enrolling participants in a cohort for data collection, which may not be the interest of department leaders looking to achieve simple best practices for their hospital.