Continuous Quality Improvement

Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes

2506 - Back to Basics: Promoting Appropriate Ordering and Collection of Urine for Culture and Analysis to Improve Healthcare Outcomes

Thursday, June 15
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: Oregon Convention Center, D 135-136

Published literature indicates that the improper collection of urine for urinalysis or culture from not only catheterized patients but also those without indwelling devices often leads to adverse patient consequences. However, national guidelines are limited in addressing the core process that forms the basis for subsequent clinical therapy decisions or surveillance interpretations, i.e., the appropriate ordering and collection of urine for laboratory testing. This lecture will provide published evidence on the impact of inappropriate ordering of urine specimens, the mistreatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria and subsequent adverse effects, review research on bacterial contamination and preservation, and delineate best practices in the collection, handling, and testing of urine specimens for culture or for biochemical analysis in both catheterized and noncatheterized patients. The goal is to provide a cohesive evidence-based framework that assists healthcare institutions to reduce patient harms, enhancing the accuracy of catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) surveillance, improve antibiotic stewardship, and reduce costs for healthcare institutions.

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Robert Garcia

Clinical Support Specialist - Healthcare Epidemiology
Stony Brook University Hospital
Stony Brook, New York

Robert Garcia has 34 years of experience as an infection preventionist. He has presented at APIC, SHEA, AACC, AVA, and IPC (Europe) on wide-ranging topics, including the prevention of the four major healthcare-associated infections, microbiology, and best practices in the collection of blood cultures (APIC Education Conference 2015). He has lectured at more than 80 APIC chapters and contributed to APIC publications, including APIC Elimination Guides. He has completed more than 40 poster presentations in last 25 years and was named an APIC Fellow in 2016.

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Kim Boynton Delahanty

Administrative Director Infection Prevention Clinical Epidemiology
University of California, San Diego Health, California

Kim Boynton-Delahanty, RN, BSN, PHN, MBA/HCM, CIC, FAPIC
Administrative Director for the Infection Prevention Clinical Epidemiology, University of California, San Diego Health has
over 17 years’ experience in infection prevention and clinical epidemiology. Prior to her role at UCSD, she was a home infusion district manager and PICC nurse for Kaiser Permanente in San Diego County for 10 years, and was the Chair of the CA Department Health HAI Advisory Committee from 2003-2012. Kim was named national APIC Infection Control Hero in 2012. National APIC Board of Directors and the faculty for National APIC ASC (Ambulatory Surgery Center’s). Kim has written/presented numerous publications, media interviews and abstracts to educate all areas of health care on infection prevention and clinical epidemiology. International speaker on infection prevention and clinical epidemiology in Japan, Dubai and Bangkok. She also is a co-author of the Oncology chapter in the APIC text.

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