One of our featured spotlights will be on educational materials for both health care professionals and patients who use catheter products.
-- Gina Carithers, UroToday/DSP Publisher
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Berkeley, CA (PRWEB) February 11, 2013
Digital Science Press, Inc. (DSP) announces UroToday.com has launched the first evidence-based urologic catheter resource center. Designed as a comprehensive urology health resource about urinary catheters, the website reports how recent innovations are improving quality of patient care in hospitals and long-term care. Emerging products and protocols for use are reported.
“We looked in textbooks, journals and on-line sources and could not locate a single place offering catheter device information and product selection for healthcare practitioners and patients," says Gina Carithers, publisher, DSP/UroToday.com. “Likewise, medical device companies have been innovative in developing new products that respond to the needs of healthcare providers and patients requiring catheterization. The solution is evolving in the urologic catheter portal.”
Other phases of the catheter center are planned to be rolled out within the next month. Indwelling urinary catheter information is being launched today. Intermittent and external catheter content will become available in the next few weeks. “One of our featured spotlights will be on educational materials for both health care professionals and patients who use catheter products,” added Carithers. UroToday will also report key findings from urology meetings and publish exclusive review articles in a feature entitled, “Beyond the Abstract.” This forum allows authors to complement their journal articles by further reporting about emerging technologies to prevent infections, as well as, treatment plans to manage complications and adverse events associated with catheters. "For example, last month in our urology news, we reported the bundling of four interventions by health care professionals [K Clarke et al.] at Emory University School of Medicine that helped reduce the incidence of CAUTI in a community hospital. The net savings was more than $23,000," added Carithers.
In related news, “If you read the 2012 CDC campaign, Get Smart for Health Care, [a statement supported by 35 organizations] the challenge of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, specifically Clostridium difficile, is widely studied, but the reports vary in their conclusions.” In recent years many organization in the U.S. and around the world have started initiatives to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections.
Through UroToday’s web platform for the CAUTI Challenge more than 500 hospitals have joined the CAUTI conversation.“We’ve seen case studies citing significant improvements and a consensus about how to positively impact quality of care," said Carithers. "The UroToday Urologic Catheter Resource Center has been a natural evolution of this discussion and a response to an increasing need in health care.”
Diane Newman, DNP FAAN BCB-PMD, co-director of the Penn Center for Continence and Pelvic Health (also editor-in-chief of the CAUTI Challenge) concurs, “We have heard from many (online) readers who are actively engaged in implementing CAUTI-prevention programs for their hospitals and updating the algorithm to improve quality of care.“ Newman is one of the leading educators providing resources and a comprehensive practice-management protocol on the removal of indwelling catheters in the prevention of CAUTI.
For more information about UroToday, request a media kit. Celebrating its tenth year as an online, evidence-based medical publication, UroToday reports daily on topics in urology health, clinical trial results and advances in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer, as well as, 30 other urology conditions. UroToday’s global urologic-oncology readership represents more than 42,000 urology-focused researchers, physicians, nurses, and advanced-practice professionals. UroToday also has a growing patient readership among men with prostate cancer and men and women dealing with urinary incontinence (urinary leakage) issues.
Digital Science Press, Inc., based in Berkeley, CA, publishes UroToday.com and UroToday International Journal (UIJ), an online peer-reviewed journal. Both accept manuscripts and case studies (via email to editors(at)urotoday(dot)com) from physicians and advanced practice professionals regarding the latest urology-oncology research and practices.