Missouri Holds Kick-off for Participation in National CUSP/Stop CAUTI Collaborative

June 7, 2011

The state of Missouri will be participating in the national CUSP/Stop CAUTI Collaborative.

Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) are the most common type of hospital-acquired infection in U.S. hospitals and account for 35% of all such infections. The estimated cost per year for CAUTIs is $565 million, and the estimated number of deaths per year is 8,205. Yet, the vast majority of CAUTIs are preventable. The Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), through a contract with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University Quality and Safety Research Group (JHU QSRG), the Keystone Center for Patient Safety and Quality of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA Keystone), and investigators from the University of Michigan are implementing a patient safety program to dramatically reduce CAUTI nationwide.

Key goals of the project are to:

  • reduce mean CAUTI rates in participating intensive care units (ICUs) and other clinical units by 25% over two years; and
  • improve patient safety by disseminating CUSP educational modules.

The national project began in March 2011 and lasts through December 2012.

The Missouri Center for Patient Safety has announced the Kick-off for Missouri’s participation in the project. It is scheduled for Friday, June 10, 2011. It will be held at the Courtyard Marriot in Columbia, Missouri.

National faculty appearing at the kickoff will include:

  • Dr. Sanjay Saint from the University of Michigan. Dr. Sanjay will present on the clinical components of the CAUTI project;
  • Sam Watson from the Michigan Hospital Association; and
  • Melinda Sawyer from Johns Hopkins Quality and Research Group.

Collaborative participants planning on attending the kick-off should RSVP to Marilyn Nichols, mnichols@mocps.org.

For more information, visit the Missouri Center for Patient Safety Website.

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