Translating Evidence into Practice to Improve Safety and Quality and Eliminate Barriers
Quality improvement initiatives are strategies put in place to ensure that patients have access to safe and quality care, at a reduced cost thus reducing disease burden, hospital stay, and mortality. An example of such initiative is coming up with strategies to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs). This initiative is guided by five major strategies including the aseptic technique of catheter insertion, providing catheters to patients in need only, effective staff training, regular catheter assessment, and use of antibiotics for prophylaxis and treatment of infected patients (Rozario, 2018). All the mentioned activities aim at reducing CAUTIs and their related complications. This in turn leads to reduced diseases burden, hospital stay, and cost of care.
Translational research is applicable in matters of reducing CAUTIs. First, through translational research, it is easier to choose antibiotics that are safe for treating patients based on the results from culture and sensitivity. This in turn helps in reducing the rate of antibiotic resistance when treating patients. Also, through translational research, one can identify early signs and symptoms of CAUTIs, therefore, initiating early treatment to reduce complications. Secondly, training staff on aseptic techniques of catheter insertion and regular assessment of catheters are practical skills that are best achieved through translational research. Lastly, the results from translational research give a clear criterion about incidences when one qualifies to have a catheter, as well as guidelines on when to remove catheters. Knowing who needs and when to remove catheters is important in reducing CAUTIs.
References for Translating Evidence into Practice to Improve Safety and Quality and Eliminate Barriers
Rozario, D. (2018). Reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infections using a multimodal approach – the NSQIP experience of Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. Canadian Journal of Surgery, 61(4), E7–E9. https://doi.org/10.1503/cjs.017217