Reminder systems can reduce catheter infections by over 50 percent

Simple reminder systems to remove catheters can reduce the rate of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) by over 50 percent. 

An article in Clinical Infectious Diseases found that reminder systems that were effective include placing stickers on charts, computer-generated alerts and stop orders, where a catheter is discontinued unless a physician renews the order. The researchers also found that providers did not replace catheters at a higher rate, demonstrating that reporting systems did not cause providers to remove catheters prematurely.

(Sources: Clinical Infectious Diseases,, July 29, 2010; The Advisory Board Daily Briefing,, August 17, 2010)