A multimodal intervention to reduce urinary catheter use and associated infection at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2013 Jun;34(6):631-3. doi: 10.1086/670624. Epub 2013 Apr 22.


We assessed the impact of a quality improvement intervention to reduce urinary catheter use and associated urinary tract infections (UTIs) at a single hospital. After implementation, UTIs were reduced by 39% ([Formula: see text]). Additionally, we observed a slight decrease in catheter use and the number of catheters without an appropriate indication.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Hospitals, Veterans / standards*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Organizational Policy
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Quality Improvement
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Urinary Catheterization / adverse effects
  • Urinary Catheterization / standards*
  • Urinary Catheterization / trends
  • Urinary Catheters / adverse effects
  • Urinary Catheters / statistics & numerical data*
  • Urinary Tract Infections / epidemiology*
  • Urinary Tract Infections / etiology
  • Urinary Tract Infections / prevention & control*