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Verathon publishes free Infection Prevention Information Kit for CA-UTIs

Verathon : 30 September, 2008  (Company News)
Verathon is offering a free Infection Prevention Information Kit designed to help hospitals implement strategies to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CA-UTIs).
As of October 1, 2008, Medicare no longer will reimburse for treatment of preventable nosocomial CA-UTIs (Ref 1). The important regulatory change means hospitals may face significant cost increases based on reduced reimbursements for CA-UTIs contracted during a hospital stay.

Infection control and prevention is an increasing concern in healthcare settings - and UTIs are the most common hospital-acquired infection (Refs 2 and 3). In 2002, the CDC estimated that UTIs accounted for 36 percent of all nosocomial infections. That year, more than 13,000 deaths were attributed to hospital- acquired UTIs (Ref 4). Up to 25 percent of hospitalised patients have a urinary Catheter placed during their stay.

The use of indwelling urinary catheters accounts for 80 percent of nosocomial UTIs (Refs 2 and 5). According to a study in the American Journal of Medicine, the annual cost of UTIs in hospitals may be as much as $451 million (Ref 6).

The Infection Prevention Information Kit includes the following clinical articles:

- Preventing Hospital-Acquired Urinary Tract Infection in the United States: A National Study, Dr Sanjay Saint, et al, Clinical Infectious Disease, January 2008.

- Federal Register, Changes in Reimbursement for catheter-induced UTIs.

- Nonpayment for Harms Resulting from Medical Care: Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections, Dr Heidi Wald and Dr Andrew Kramer, JAMA, December 19, 2007.

- Lax Catheter Policies Seen At Many Hospitals, Eric Nagourney, New York Times.

- Bladder Ultrasound-Avoiding Unnecessary Catheterizations, Elizabeth Stevens, RN, MEDSURG Nursing, August 2005.

Ref 1 - Federal Register, Vol. 72: 162; 47203-47205, Rules and Regulations.

Ref 2 - Saint S, et al., 'Preventing Hospital-Acquired Urinary Tract Infection in the United States: A National Study.' Clinical Infectious Diseases 2008: 46; 243- 56.

Ref 3 - Siegel JD, Rhinehart E, Jackson M, Chiarello L, 'Management of Multidrug-Resistant Organisms In Healthcare Settings,' The Healthcare Infection control Practices Advisory Committee (2006),

Ref 4 - Klevens, RM, et al, 'Estimating Health Care-Associated Infections and Deaths in US Hospitals, 2002', Public Health Reports, March - April 2007, Vol. 122, 160- 166.

Ref 5 - Krieger,, 'Urinary tract etiology of bloodstream infections in hospitalized patients.' J Infect Dis. 1983; 148(1): 57-62.

Ref 6 - Consumers Union, 'New Medicare Regulations Adopted to Reduce Certain Hospital Infections and Medical Errors - Medicare Will Withhold Payments To Hospitals For Failing To Keep Patients Safe,' (Aug. 8, 2007).
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