SOURCE: The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission

September 28, 2011 11:30 ET

The Joint Commission: New R3 Report Examines Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

OAK BROOK, IL--(Marketwire - Sep 28, 2011) - An estimated 450,000 catheter-associated urinary tract infections occur annually in hospitals and represent the leading cause of health care-associated infection in hospitals. A new R3 Report from The Joint Commission provides hospitals with in-depth information about a 2012 National Patient Safety Goal related to preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infections in hospitals.

The R3 Report is designed to give hospitals and critical access hospitals a deeper understanding of the new requirements to use evidence-based practices to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections. The R3 Report provides information on the specific elements of performance for the National Patient Safety Goal that goes into effect January 1, 2012. The Goal will require hospitals and critical access hospitals to:

  • Insert indwelling urinary catheters according to established evidence-based guidelines
  • Manage indwelling urinary catheters according to established evidence-based guidelines.
  • Measure and monitor catheter-associated urinary tract infection prevention processes and outcomes in high-volume areas.

In addition, the R3 Report provides the rationale for the Goal, reference information, results of feedback from the field, and level of evidence for each element of performance.

To view the R3 Report on catheter-associated urinary tract infections, please visit http://www.jointcommission.org/about_us/joint_commission_newsletters.aspx, or sign-up to receive the newsletter by e-mail.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

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