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Hollywood Hospital's Trend-Setting Program to Drastically Cut Infections
Date:3/9/2009

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According to his findings, catheters are needed in only about half the cases in which they are used. The study observed their use during two three-month periods in two separate units of the hospital with a total 60 beds, averaging 83% occupancy.

The first period introduced no changes, observing only the Catheter-UTI relationship. The second reduced catheter use, promoting the new diapers instead.

Infections during the intervention period fell from an average of 1.06 per 1000 patient days to 0.45. "The reduction in infections was mainly due to the decrease in catheter use rather than other changes in patient care," Rothfeld explained, noting that catheter use during the intervention period fell from 330 to 190 per 1000 patient days.

An anonymous questionnaire conducted at the end of the study revealed the diapers were a welcome alternative among physicians and nurses, "In fact, no patient reported decreased comfort and most of the staff was supportive of this program, indicating it increased overall satisfaction among nursing personnel."

The diapers also cost significantly less. The price of a Foley kit is $14, while one Medline diaper costs 59 cents, or about $6 for an average hospital stay.

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