Patient Safety Awareness Week – AHRQ Toolkit for LTC Facilities to Help Reduce CAUTIs
Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 12 – 18, 2017. This is an annual event designed to increase knowledge and interest about patient safety and engage health care professionals in the important work of patient safety initiatives.
AHRQ is collaborating with the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), which will merge with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in May, to celebrate Patient Safety Awareness through a series of activities recognizing the importance of keeping patients safe in all health care settings.
Today, AHRQ released a toolkit to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections and other healthcare-associated infections in long term care settings. According to AHRQ, this toolkit can help long term care facilities reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs). The toolkit uses strategies from AHRQ’s Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP), which has reduced CAUTI as well as central line-associated bloodstream infections in hospitals. The toolkit is based on the experiences of more than 450 long-term care facilities nationwide and resulted in a significant reduction of CAUTI rates.
Toolkit modules, which are customizable to local needs, include Using the Comprehensive Long-Term Care Safety Toolkit; Senior Leader Engagement; Staff Empowerment; Teamwork and Communication; Resident and Family Engagement; and Sustainability.
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