Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight: Reduction Of Urinary Tract Infections-Lompoc Valley Medical Center

Issue

The Comprehensive Care Center (CCC) was noticing increased incidences of Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), both newly diagnosed and recurring, in their nursing home residents.

Solution

A multidisciplinary team initiated the PDSA (Plan, Do, Study, Act) Cycle to determine best practice solutions in order to reduce the occurrences of UTIs.

  • Plan: The team identified risk factors and residents at high risk for UTIs. Strategies for prevention were developed.
  • Do: Prevention measures identified in the Plan stage were implemented: monitoring fluid intake, perineal care, brief changes for incontinent residents and catheter use, and education of staff on hygiene practices.
  • Study: The team compiled statistics on the residents who triggered positive for a UTI and continued to monitor this data.
  • Act: The CCC continued to re-evaluate processes and make adjustments throughout the study.

Outcome

Through the use of PDSA cycle and multidisciplinary team, the CCC reduced UTI rates from 12% of residents to 1% in six months (January 2019 through July 2019). This success has also proven beneficial in the reduction of hospitalizations, for which the CCC recently received a certificate of achievement from the American Health Care  Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).

About Lompoc Valley Medical Center – Comprehensive Care Center

The Comprehensive Care Center (CCC) is a 110-bed Skilled Nursing Home located in a small rural area of the central coast in California. The primary diagnosis of CCC residents is Alzheimer’s/Dementia. The CCC is a five-star facility that prides itself on high quality care, integrity and compassion.

Check out the project video and view the Lompoc Valley Medical Center page in the 2020 Intalere Best Practices Compendium.

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