Tom Blodgett, Ph.D., RN-BC, assistant professor of nursing, is working with a team of undergraduate nursing students to develop and rate the reliability of an assessment tool to standardize how signs and symptoms of catheter-associate urinary tract infections are assessed in a hospital setting.
Participants are randomly assigned to one of four treatment groups, two of which contain various parts of the intervention and one contains the entire intervention, and they are followed prospectively for their hospital stay to determine if those in the intervention groups have shorter periods of catheter use and are less likely to develop urinary tract infections. The development of new assessment procedures could eventually influence national best practice guidelines for preventing catheter-associate urinary tract infections in hospitals.
Blodgett was awarded the Wheat Ridge Ministries/O.P. Kretzmann Memorial Fund for Research in the Healing Arts and Sciences to complete this work.