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Am J Infect Control. 2012 Dec;40(10):1002-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2011.12.013. Epub 2012 Mar 21.

Designing a protocol to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections among hospitalized patients.

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  • 1Department of Family Practice, College of Medicine, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43614, USA.


Hospital-acquired urinary tract infections comprise 40% of hospital-acquired infections with over 80% of these hospital-acquired urinary tract infections associated with the use of urinary catheters. The process that was used to establish a new hospital protocol using the "IAIMS" (identifying, assessing, implementing, modifying/maintaining, spread/surveillance) model to reduce the incidence of catheter-associated urinary tract infections is described. The example is intended to serve as a framework for the development of protocols to address other hospital-acquired infections.

Copyright © 2012 Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

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