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