National Patient Safety Goals ( Npsgs )

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National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs), established in 2002 by the Joint Commission, is to help accredited organizations address specific areas of concern in regard to patient safety ("Catheter-Associated," 2015). NPSG.07.06.01 Implement evidence-based practices to prevent indwelling catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) is a 2015 NPSG ("The Joint Commission," 2015). Our facility has 1.32 CAUTIs per 1000 device days (Carson, 2015). Decreasing CAUTIs can be achieved with a strict goal, addressing the financial implications, interdisciplinary collaboration, nursing leadership, a measurement tool, and discussing the future healthcare delivery methods.
Urinary tract infections are the most common type of healthcare infection, and CAUTI is the 2nd most common cause of nosocomial bloodstream infection in the healthcare setting. ("Catheter Associated Urinary Tract," 2011). The goal of our facility is to reduce CAUTIs by 50% by the end of the year, measured by the quality department on a monthly basis, and implemented through performance improvement factors including the interdisciplinary team through a strong focus on the nursing leadership team.
Financial Implications
According to a study conducted in 2011 by the government, approximately 80% of urinary tract infections associated with indwelling catheters, increase the hospital length of stay by one to three days, and according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), have an annual cost of

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