Clinical Practice

SUNA Supported ANA Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection Prevention Tool

Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) are the most commonly reported hospital-acquired condition. RNs can play a major role in reducing CAUTI rates. The American Nurses Association (ANA) has developed an innovative, streamlined, evidenced-based clinical tool to aid in reducing CAUTIs. Using a consensus process, ANA assembled a technical expert panel (TEP) of nursing clinical experts to develop and disseminate an evidence-based CAUTI reduction tool for nurses with support by the Partnership for Patients. TEP members included ANA members, representatives from its specialty nursing organizational affiliates, infection control specialists, and patient safety authorities. Diane K. Newman, DNP, FAAN, BCB-PMD, represented SUNA on this panel.

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Consensus Statement on Advanced Practice Providers

Recognizing that nurse practitioners and physician assistants play a key role in team-based delivery of care, the American Urological Association has developed a Consensus Statement on Advanced Practice Providers. The Consensus Statement examines advanced practice provider integration from a regulatory and practice management approach. The Consensus Statement was developed by a workgroup featuring a diverse set of urologic providers, including physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. Susanne Quallich, ANP-BC, NP-C CUNP, FAANP, represented SUNA on the workgroup.

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White Paper on Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

The American Urological Association (AUA) has developed a White Paper on Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections: Definitions and Significance in the Urologic Patient. A white paper workgroup organized by the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee and led by Dr. Timothy Averch drafted the paper, which was approved by the AUA Board of Directors in October 2014. Diane K. Newman, DNP, FAAN, BCB-PMD, represented SUNA on the workgroup.

The workgroup noted that while health care in general has increased its focus on catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) prevention and the inappropriate use of catheters, much of this attention does not apply to urologic patients. Therefore, the white paper delves in to this particular area and also provides pertinent definitions pertaining to CAUTIs.

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