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Educating nurses on the prevention of sepsis and catheter associated urinary tract infections for hospitalized patients: From a nurse managers perspective
by Fletcher, Tara R., M.S.N., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 53; 1523039
Abstract (Summary)

The urinary tract is the most common site of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), accounting for more than 30% of infections reported by acute care hospitals. Virtually all HAIs urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused by instrumentation of the urinary tract. The medical terminology is catheter associated UTIs (CAUTIs). The indication for the continued use of an indwelling catheter should be continuously reviewed to prevent unjustified and invalid reasons that place patients at an increased risk for CAUTIs. Nurse managers should be focused on ensuring best practices, improving quality of care, keeping costs within budgetary limits, and staff development. As an effective change agent for quality of care, the nurse manager can employ evidenced based research to educate nurses on the significance of the prevention of sepsis and CAUTIs for hospitalized patients. This topic is imperative in improving patient outcomes, and is indicative of the purpose of this directed project.

A convenience sample of 15 graduate nursing administration students that had previously attained their BSN degree was used for the project. Data analysis was performed using a standard t test. The findings concluded a mean difference in favor of the post-score (p = .9768) after the educational intervention was completed. Results showed a higher percentage and an increase of accuracy in the number of appropriate responses when comparing the pretest and posttest. It was concluded that the educational intervention was the primary factor for the positive increase in correct responses on the post-test. The project reported a desired increased awareness and knowledge of hospital-acquired CAUTI's after the educational intervention. The findings indicate that nurse managers must continuously evaluate and maintain staff nurses knowledge of evidenced-based practices and recommended guidelines to ensure best practices and the prevention of sepsis and HAIs. 2

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Singh-Carlson, Sivitri
Commitee: Kumrow, David, Whaley, Lynne
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Nursing
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Medicine, Nursing, Public health
Keywords: Catheter associated UTIs, Educating nurses, Infection, Nurse managers, Sepsis, Urinary tract infections
Publication Number: 1523039
ISBN: 978-1-303-20212-4
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