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Healthcare Associated Infections: National & State Progress in Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention track and report healthcare associated infections through its National Healthcare Safety Network [NHSN]. The data can be used to focus on and assess care improvement.

An annual progress report is now out that reports both national and state-level progress for acute-care hospitals in preventing these six types of infections:

  • Central line-associated bloodstream infections [CLABSI]
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections [CAUTI]
  • Surgical site infections [SSI] for colon surgery
  • Surgical site infections [SSI] for abdominal hysterectomy surgery
  • Hospital-onset Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia [MRSA]
  • Clostridium difficile infections [C. difficile]

Except for CAUTI, national reductions in 2013 were seen over previous years for each infection type tracked in the report. CLABSI, for example has decreased by 46% since 2008. However, CAUTI has seen a 6% increase between 2009 and 2013, pointing to a need for increased preventive efforts.

Progress in reducing healthcare associated infections in hospitals was more variable in individual states. Separate fact sheets on progress are included for each state.


Source: National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. National and state healthcare associated infections; progress report. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Jan. 2015. http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/pdfs/progress-report/hai-progress-report.pdf

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