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Report shows progress in decreasing nation’s healthcare-associated infection rates

Progress has been made in the effort to eliminate infections that commonly threaten hospital patients, including a 46% decrease in central line-associated bloodstream infections between 2008 and 2013, according to a CDC report released Jan. 14, but there is more work to be done. This year’s CDC annual National and State Healthcare-associated Infection Progress Report shows state-specific data on progress in eliminating six infection types that hospitals are required to report to the CDC. This year’s HAI progress report also includes state-specific data about hospital lab-identified methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections and Clostridium difficile infections.

The report summarizes data submitted to the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network, the nation’s healthcare-associated infection tracking systems used by more than 14,500 healthcare facilities. “Hospitals have made real progress to reduce some types of healthcare-associated infections — it can be done,” CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, said in a news release. “The key is for every hospital to have rigorous infection control programs to protect patients and healthcare workers, and for healthcare facilities and others to work together to reduce the many types of infections that haven’t decreased enough.”

Some of the findings of the report include a:
•46% decrease in central line-associated bloodstream infections between 2008 and 2013.
•19% decrease in surgical site infections related to the 10 select procedures tracked in the report between 2008 and 2013.
•6% increase in catheter-associated urinary tract infections since 2009; although initial data from 2014 seem to indicate that these infections have started to decrease.
•8% decrease in MRSA bloodstream infections between 2011 and 2013.

The report provides data that can be used by hospitals to target improvements in patient safety in their facilities, according to the release. For example, together with professional partners, CDC, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Quality Improvement Organizations and Partnership for Patients initiative, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program increased attention to the prevention of catheter-associated urinary tract infections, resulting in a reversal of the recent increase seen in these infections. The CDC will use HAI data to help identify specific hospitals and wards that can benefit from additional infection control expertise, according to the release.

The federal government considers elimination of healthcare-associated infections a top priority and has a number of ongoing efforts to protect patients and improve healthcare quality, according to the release.

To access the report and to see updated healthcare-associated infection data, see CDC’s website:

For more information on national goals for reducing healthcare associated infections, see the Healthy People 2020 objectives for HAIs:

By | 2015-01-15T00:00:00-05:00 January 15th, 2015|Categories: National|0 Comments

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