BMJ Qual Improv Report 6: doi:10.1136/bmjquality.u209593.w7966
  • BMJ Quality Improvement Programme

Improving Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection Rates in the Medical Units

  1. Samer Ellahham
  1. Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, United Arab Emirates
  1. Correspondence to Haytham Taha, MD htaha{at}
  • Received 27 October 2016
  • Revision requested 13 December 2016
  • Revised 19 January 2017
  • Published 6 April 2017


Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) in Abu Dhabi is the main tertiary care referral hospital in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with 560 bed capacity with a high occupancy rate. SKMC senior management has made a commitment to make quality and patient safety a top priority. Preventing health care associated infections, including Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI), is a high priority for our hospital.

In order to improve CAUTI rates a multidisciplinary task force team was formed and led this performance improvement project. The purpose of this publication is to indicate the quality improvement interventions implemented to reduce CAUTI rates and the outcome of those interventions.

We chose to conduct the pilot study in General Medicine as it is the busiest department in the hospital, with an average of 390 patients admitted per month during the study period. The study period was from March 2015 till April 2016. Our aim was to reduce CAUTI rates per 1000 device days in the medical units. Implemented interventions resulted in a reduction of CAUTI from 6.8 per 1000 device days in March 2015 to zero CAUTI in February through April 2016.

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