Joint Commission Approves CAUTI National Patient Safety Goal for Nursing Care

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The Joint Commission has announced it has added a National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) requirement for nursing care centers that addresses the prevention of catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI).

As the announcement notes, "Although the prevalence of CAUTIs is relatively low in nursing care centers compared to hospitals, it can lead to serious complications and is a major reason for hospitalization."

A CAUTI occurs when organisms — usually bacteria — enter the urinary tract through the urinary catheter and cause infection. CAUTIs have been associated with increased morbidity, mortality, healthcare costs and length of stay.

In addition to approving the CAUTI NPSG.07.06.01 for nursing care, The Joint Commission also announced it was revising NPSG.07.06.01 for hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) so as to bring the NPSG into alignment with the 2014 update to the Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals, which is the source of evidence-based practices addressed in the NPSG.

The new nursing care NPSG, as well as the modified NPSG for hospitals and CAHs, goes into effect January 1, 2017.

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is the founder and president of Infection Control Consulting Services LLC (ICCS). Phenelle has more than 30 years' experience providing customized comprehensive infection control and prevention services to healthcare facilities nationwide. Her services focus on assisting hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental office and oral surgery practices, doctor's offices, nursing homes and other organizations with implementing and maintaining an infection control program that: complies with The Joint Commission, AAAHC, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies; respond to situations of noncompliance; and improve the processes for reducing risk.