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Estimates of Healthcare-Associated Infections Occurring in Hospitals

Results from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevalence survey have been published, and here’s a summary from the CDC of its hospital findings:

Estimates of Healthcare-Associated Infections Occurring in Acute Care Hospitals in the United States, 2011

Major Site of Infection Estimated No.
Pneumonia 157,500
Gastrointestinal Illness 123,100
Urinary Tract Infections 93,300
Primary Bloodstream Infections 71,900
Surgical site infections from any inpatient surgery 157,500
Other types of infections 118,500
Estimated total number of infections in hospitals 721,800

Separate estimates based on the HAIs reported to the National Healthcare Safety Network are also summarized by the CDC:

Estimates of Selected Healthcare-Associated Infections Occurring in Acute Care Hospitals, 2011± or 2012†

Type of Healthcare-Associated Infection Estimated No.
Catheter-associated urinary tract infections
(wards and critical care units)
54,500†
Central line-associated bloodstream infections
(wards and critical care units)
30,100†
Surgical Site Infections associated with
10 surgical procedures
53,700†
Hospital-onset Clostridium difficile infections
(all hospital locations)
107,700±

Sources:

Data and statistics: HAI prevalence survey. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accessed May 21, 2014 at http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/surveillance/index.html

Magill SS; Edwards JR and others. Multistate point-prevalence survey of health care-associated infections. New England Journal of Medicine 370:1198-1208, Mar. 27, 2014. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1306801

National and state healthcare associated infections progress report [based on 2012 data]. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Mar. 2014. http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/pdfs/progress-report/hai-progress-report.pdf

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