Evidence-Based Practice Network

The 800 Hospital Practice Improvement Project:

Best practices in indwelling urethral urinary catheter care

The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) are dedicated to providing evidence-based information to healthcare providers to improve practice and patient outcomes. JBI and LWW have collaborated to implement a quality improvement project designed for hospitals interested in implementing best practices in indwelling urethral urinary catheter care.

Indwelling urethral urinary catheters are associated with high levels of morbidity, mortality and costs to the health sector. The 2009 Guidelines for Prevention of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides high quality indicators for best practice. The 800 Hospital Practice Improvement Project is designed to facilitate their implementation.

Hospitals that participate in the 800 Hospital Practice Improvement Project receive:

• No-cost participation
• Free e-training on how to use the necessary software
• Free software required for the project
• Guaranteed confidentiality and anonymity of all reported data
• Individual site reports provided at the end of each phase of the study
• Complementary, aggregate, benchmarking data from all participating sites provided to each participating site


What are the phases of the project?

    Phase 1: Recruitment of participating sites
    Phase 2: Baseline Clinical Audit to measure current compliance with best practice
    Phase 3: Implementation of best practice recommendations
    Phase 4: Follow up Clinical Audit to measure changes in current compliance with best    practice

How are the results reported?

Each participating site will receive an end of phase analysis of their results, plus a compiled report of “like” or “similar” organizations performance (de-identified, aggregate data) for benchmarking or comparison purposes.

What is involved?

To participate, your organization will need to complete a small demographic survey (this allows us to make the right comparisons in your end of phase reports). You will also need to name a contact that can work directly with the JBI staff and can coordinate the timeline for the audit.

Does the contact person need to be a researcher?

No research experience is necessary, we only ask the contact person be a clinician. This is not a “set and forget” project. A top down, integrated level of support is vital, and a multi disciplinary working group highly recommended.

How much time do we need to commit?

Even if they have prior experience with clinical audit and practice improvement, we would like to offer FREE, online training for your nominated contact.

  • The training will take approx 6-7 hours to complete and can be done flexibly in 4 modules.
  • This course is designed to explore strategies that promote evidence utilization and the development of collaborative change management processes in healthcare settings.
  • Also learn how to use the JBI Practical Application of Clinical Evidence System (JBI PACES) to assist in achieving these outcomes.

Once the project enters phase 2 and beyond, it may require 3-4 hours per week during the active stages. Meeting time with the multidisciplinary working party is not counted in that timeframe.

Become one of the 800 hospitals looking to improve practice and patient outcomes.
Join the 800 Hospital Practice Improvement Project today


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