On the CUSP: Stop CAUTI

Maryland’s hospitals joined an 18-month national effort in 2011 to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections. During the national On the CUSP, Stop CAUTI initiative, 68 hospital units participated, a number that has since grown to about 110 units. The program focuses not only on reducing infection rates, but also on the appropriate conditions for the use of urinary catheters.

Urinary tract infections are the most common type of health care-associated infection. Among urinary tract infections acquired in hospitals, about 75 percent are associated with a catheter (a tube inserted into the urinary tract). Ensuring that a catheter remains in use only for the appropriate length of time is a key factor in reducing the number of infections.

In 2013, hospitals began working to sustain the improvements made through this initiative and share best practices with their peers. Nearly 80 percent of participating units are reporting zero infections each month. The mean rate remains steady at about two infections per 1,000 days that catheters are in use.

Track and compare your hospital's CAUTI rates to the Maryland rates using the template below.


Hospitals that participated in the On the CUSP: Stop CAUTI Initiative

  • Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Anne Arundel Medical Center
  • Bon Secours Hospital
  • Calvert Memorial Hospital
  • Carroll Hospital Center
  • Doctors Community Hospital
  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center
  • Holy Cross Hospital 
  • Laurel Regional Hospital
  • MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
  • MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
  • MedStar Harbor Hospital
  • MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
  • MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
  • MedStar St. Mary's Hospital
  • MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Meritus Medical Center
  • Northwest Hospital
  • Peninsula Regional Medical Center
  • Prince George's Hospital Center
  • Saint Agnes Hospital
  • Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
  • Sinai Hospital
  • Union Hospital of Cecil County
  • University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital 
  • University of Maryland Medical Center
  • University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus
  • University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute
  • University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown
  • University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center
  • University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center
  • University Specialty Hospital
  • Washington Adventist Hospital
  • Western Maryland Regional Medical Center

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