Wednesday Oct 04, 2023

Preventing device-associated infections during a COVID-19 pandemic

This week, Martin talks to Dr Jennifer Meddings, Associate Professor at University of Michigan Health and Internist at Ann Arbor about a recently published survey looking at what interventions are commonly used to prevent device-associated infections. We discuss the findings and focus in on prevention of urinary catheter-associated infections and new devices that may have an impact.

The paper can be found here:

Saint, S., M. T. Greene, S. L. Krein, K. E. Fowler, K. A. Linder, D. Ratz & J. Meddings (2023) What US hospitals are doing to prevent common device-associated infections during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic: Results from a national survey in the United States. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, 10.1017/ice.2023.65, 1-7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/37259703

Other areas and papers that we discuss are here:

New tools that have been developed and piloted in a large surgical collaborative in Michigan, in our project called SUCCESS:  Surgical Urinary Catheter Care Enhancement Safety Study, which has focused on improving urinary catheter safety even beyond CAUTI prevention, including focus on reducing unnecessary use for several common elective procedures, standardizing diagnosis and management of urinary retention, and practices to reduce traumatic injury from catheters and improve success on first catheterization attempt:   https://msqc.org/success/.

Kuriyama, A., K. E. Fowler, J. Meddings, H. Irie, D. Kawakami, H. Iwasaki, M. Sakuraya, K. Katayama, Y. Tokuda & S. Saint (2019) Reducing unnecessary urethral catheter use in Japanese intensive care units: A multicenter interventional study. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, 40, 1272-1274. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31558172

Patel, P. K., A. Gupta, V. M. Vaughn, J. D. Mann, J. M. Ameling & J. Meddings (2018) Review of Strategies to Reduce Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) and Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) in Adult ICUs. J Hosp Med, 13, 105-116. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29154382

Patel, P. K., A. Gupta, V. M. Vaughn, J. D. Mann, J. M. Ameling & J. Meddings (2018) Review of Strategies to Reduce Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) and Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) in Adult ICUs. J Hosp Med, 13, 105-116. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29154382

Meddings, J., S. Saint, S. L. Krein, E. Gaies, H. Reichert, A. Hickner, S. McNamara, J. D. Mann & L. Mody (2017) Systematic Review of Interventions to Reduce Urinary Tract Infection in Nursing Home Residents. J Hosp Med, 12, 356-368. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28459908

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