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J Nurs Care Qual. 2017 Oct/Dec;32(4):318-323. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000239.

Incorporation of Leadership Rounds in CAUTI Prevention Efforts.

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Nursing Practice Innovation (Dr Purvis), Nursing Quality and Safety (Ms Marver), Infection Control Department (Mr Marx), and Nursing and Patient Care Services (Dr Rees), UW Health, Madison, Wisconsin; Departments Infectious Diseases and Medicine, William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin (Ms Knobloch and Dr Safdar); the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, UW Health, Madison, Wisconsin (Ms Knobloch and Drs Safdar and Shirley); and Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery and Colorectal Cancer Service Line, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama (Dr Kennedy).


Leadership engagement is an important aspect of integrating best practices at the bedside. The catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) prevention workgroup at our academic medical center implemented leadership rounding in partnership with clinical staff to increase participation in CAUTI prevention initiatives on inpatient units. There was an associated decrease in urinary catheter utilization and CAUTI rates. Implementation of leadership rounds should be considered as a part of comprehensive CAUTI prevention efforts in health care settings.

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