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Hospital Spotlight: Grundy County Memorial Hospital

Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs) are the most common preventable Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs). CAUTIs cause harm and can lead to an increased length of stay. This week's hospital spotlight shares the story and progress of Grundy County Memorial Hospital.

Grundy County Memorial Hospital in Grundy Center, Iowa, has been working hard to reduce the rate of CAUTIs by decreasing unnecessary catheterizations. One of the methods utilized to reduce catheter usage is bladder scanning.

To continue reading this story, click this link.

Focus on Prevention

Did you know that the number one risk factor for CAUTI is prolonged usage?

IHC has posted a new webcast presentation from Dr. Paul Mulhausen, Chief Medical Officer of Telligen, that addresses risk factors and ways to reduce CAUTIs. Dr. Mulhausen presented different evidence-based guidelines and methods to create a systematic approach to decrease the prevalence of urinary tract infections. 

To view his presentation, click this link.

CAUTI - Reversing the Trend

The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) has focused on a statewide initiative to reduce CAUTIs by promoting use of evidence-based guidelines, working directly with hospital Infection Preventionists, and sharing resources to encourage a culture of safety. The initiative is called "CAUTI: Reversing the Trend."  The initiative encourages appropriate use of Indwelling Catheters based on clinical practice guidelines, especially in the Emergency Department. To learn more about CAUTI Reversing the Trend and to view clinical resources, click this link.

Choosing Wisely Resources - Decrease Catheter Utilization

Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question (SHM)
This list of five, from the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), states that urinary catheters should not be placed for incontinence, convenience or for urinary output monitoring for non-critical patients.

Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question (ACEP)
This list of five, from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), states that indwelling urinary catheters should not be placed in the emergency department if the patient is able to void.
Preventing Infections in the Hospital
Providers and healthcare facilities can use this article, from the ABIM foundation, SHM, and Consumer Reports Health, to learn about the risks and safer alternatives to a urinary catheter. 

Enterovirus D68 - CDC
Health Advisory

The following are current resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explaining the prevalence of Enterovirus D68 in the United States.  

Upcoming Events:

September 27, 2014: "Taking Control of Your Diabetes Program" to be held at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, IA. For more information click this link to view the brochure and click this link to register for the event.

November 18, 2014: HEN Learning Community. Please contact Nancy at for more information about the conference and registration!

Partnership for Patients Events:
  • September 18, 2014: "Provider Engagement Affinity Group Meeting - Master Class"
  • September 22, 2014: "Readmissions Affinity Group Meeting"
  • September 23, 2014: "Pacing Event: NQF Event"
  • September 30, 2014: "Pacing Event: Quality and the VA"
  • October 2, 2014: "Procedural Harm Affinity Group Meeting"
For more information about the above and other PfP events, please click this link.

New Recordings!

  1. Follow-up Systems - Robert Thompson, RT, JD
  2. Patient and Team Communication - Robert Thompson, RT, JD
  3. Catheter - Associated UTI: Focus on Prevention - Paul Mulhausen, MD
  4. Three Steps to PFACs: Nuts and Bolts Tools for Establishing Patient & Family Advisory Councils - Martin Hatlie, JD
  5. Patient and Family Engagement - In Action to Transform - Martin Hatlie, JD


Next IHC What's Up Call for HEN Hospitals:

October 14, 2014
10:00 A.M.
For dial in information, email


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