BACKGROUND: This facility struggled with a compliance rate of 49 percent with the SCIP (Surgical Care Improvement Project) Inf-9 measure (urinary catheter removed by end of post operative day 2). Implementation of a catheter removal checklist was started in Q2 2010, and along with clinical judgment of nurses, has significantly improved compliance for the timely discontinuation of urinary catheters.
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Patients who have indwelling bladder catheters for more than 2 days postoperatively are 21% more likely to develop UTI, significantly less likely to be discharged to home, and have a significant increase in mortality at 30 days.
Source: Specification Manual for National Inpatient Hospital Quality Measures