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Catheter-Associated
Urinary Tract InfectionsComplications

UTMB benchmarks its performance using a statistical method identified by the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) called the standardized infection ratio (SIR). This method compares the number of infections in a facility to the number of infections that were “predicted”, or would be expected, to have occurred based on previous years of reported data (national baseline).Ā 

An SIR higher than 1.0 is generally worse than average, an SIR of 1.0 is average, and an SIR of less than 1.0 is better than average. Lower SIRs are desirable.

Data in 2012-2014 include only infections in intensive care units (ICUs). Data in 2015 include intensive care units and all medical-surgical units. While UTMB has remained at or below average (good), a number of preventive measures were put into place to reduce infections. The most important change has been to focus on removing the catheter when it is no longer necessary.

CAUTI

Year

UTMB Standardized Infection Ratio

Comparison to Other NHSN Hospitals

2015

0.71

Better than national average

2014

0.77

Better than national average

2013

1.00

About the same as other hospitals

2012

0.66

Better than national average

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