Collecting data is critically important for understanding whether or not your facility has an unacceptably high number of patients with indwelling urinary catheters without an appropriate indication. Collecting and comparing data both before and after an intervention will provide a relatively objective way to evaluate if your interventions are successful in reducing unnecessary catheter-days and subsequent catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI). Occasional assessments, done after the initial intervention and compared to historical trends from the same unit, will allow you to assess if the intervention has been sustained.
In this section, we provide several examples of the many data collection tools you can use. These examples are taken from multiple sites, including some that have been initially developed and implemented at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan. You may decide to modify these tools or use a different option altogether. Whichever tools you decide to use, it is important to apply a consistent approach to data collection at all stages of your prevention program, so that you can compare across time periods and units.