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 Debra Filer, Professor of Nursing, were awarded $2,782 to explore the variations in the development of urinary tract infections (UTIs) for adult patients admitted to the Abbott Northwestern Hospital who have a neurogenic bladder requiring intermittent bladder catheterization. The study has five aims which include describing the rehabilitation unit context that supports or hinders the prevention of UTIs; identifying essential care elements that prevent UTIs for patients who are self-cathing or who require nurses to do intermittent catheterization; identifying gaps in the current care and staff education that contribute to the occurrence of UTIs; and making 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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