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What staff members should be included when developing a CAUTI prevention team?

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Developing a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) prevention program requires implementing organizational change. To achieve success, stakeholders must be identified and included as part of the CAUTI prevention team. This team needs to include direct involvement or consultation from some or all of the following on an initial and/or ongoing basis:

  • Nurse leaders, advanced practice nurses, quality department nurses, infection prevention and control practitioners, organizational development leadership/clinical education specialists, and direct care nurses.
  • Physicians from some or all of the following specialties:
    • Urologists
    • Infectious disease specialists
    • Hospitalists
    • Intensivists
    • Emergency physicians
    • Geriatricians
  • Member of the finance team
  • Member of the information technology team
  • Hospital information management
  • Supply chain leader
  • Medical librarian

Each team plays a key role in customizing the evidence-based CAUTI prevention initiative to achieve organizational goals and the best outcomes for patients. Each team member has a stake in developing, implementing, and evaluating practice changes designed to reduce CAUTI in patients served by the organization.

-- Mikel L. Gray, PhD, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN

(December 2009)