Blount Memorial Hospital registered nurse Kimberly Kagley, infection preventionist Sherry Hillis and clinical director Helan Reneau were recently presented the Sigma Theta Tau Outstanding Poster award on Sigma Theta Tau Research Day for their research on catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs).
The award recognizes Kagley, Hillis and Reneau for a study on decreasing CAUTIs in hospital critical care units. Their objectives were to describe methods to decrease these infections; to increase awareness of the increase in patients at risk for urinary tract infections while in intensive care units; and to stimulate discussions and plans for decreasing urinary tract infections among other organizations.
After a study was conducted, changes were implemented within the hospital’s surgical intensive care and critical care units. These changes included placing securement devices on patients who had a urinary catheter in these units, and increasing nurse awareness of ways to reduce the CAUTI rate. Post-intervention, the number of CAUTIs was greatly reduced at Blount Memorial, with the help of the staff of the surgical intensive care and critical care units. The researched methods also can be used by other facilities to lower CAUTI rates.