April 1, 2014

New policy addresses adult inpatient urinary catheters

In order to reduce infections due to urinary catheters in adult inpatients, a new policy that emphasizes evidence-based care and maintenance of these devices will be effective April 1.

As part of this policy, all adult patients admitted to Vanderbilt University Hospital will be placed on the nurse-directed Foley discontinuation protocol unless specifically excluded by a provider order. Pilot testing of this policy has been met with very positive reviews from both nursing personal and physician and NP providers.

More information about VUMC Urinary Catheter Guidelines and the Nurse-Directed Protocol can be found at www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/infectioncontrol. Please notify the Department of Infection Prevention of any concerns regarding this new policy.