Project Title

Preventing Urinary Tract Infections in a Rehabilitation Unit: A Case Study of Current Practice

Name of Award

Faculty Research & Scholarly Activities Grant

Date Awarded

6-2014

Department/School

Nursing, Occupational Science/Occupational Therapy

Project Description

Brenda Frie, Assistant Professor of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, and Deb Filer, Professor of Nursing, received a $2,782 Faculty Research & Scholarly Activities Grant to conduct a project to explain the variation in the development of urinary tract infections (UTIs) for adult patients admitted to Abbott Northwestern hospital on an acute rehabilitation unit who have a neurogenic bladder requiring intermittent bladder catheterization. The study has five aims, which include: 1) describe the rehabilitation unit context that supports or hinders the prevention of UTIs in patients with neurogenic bladders who require catheterization, 2) identify essential care elements that prevent UTIs for patients who are self-cathing or who require nurses to do intermittent catheterization, 3) identify gaps in the current care and staff education that contributes to the occurrence of UTIs, and 4) make recommendations for developing a UTI prevention bundle, unit processes, and staff development to prevent UTIs for adult patients on a rehabilitation unit with neurogenic bladders requiring intermittent bladder catheterization.

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