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Sustainability of a program to reduce unnecessary urethral catheter use at a Veterans Affairs hospital.

Fowler KE, Krein SL, Ratz D, Zawol D, Saint S. Sustainability of a program to reduce unnecessary urethral catheter use at a Veterans Affairs hospital. Infection control and hospital epidemiology. 2021 Dec 1; 42(12):1497-1499.

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Abstract:

We assessed the long-term sustainability of a quality improvement intervention to reduce urethral catheter use at a Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital. During the 8 years after the initial intervention, point-prevalence surveillance showed that urethral catheter use continued to decrease (OR, 0.91; 95% CI, 0.86-0.97; P = .003) and that appropriateness of catheter use remained unchanged.





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