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CDC publishes annual HAI report, shows signs of national progress

by Gus Iversen, Editor in Chief | January 15, 2015
Infection Control
On any given day, one in 25 hospital patients will contract a health care-associated infection (HAI), but the latest National and State Healthcare-associated Infection Progress Report from the CDC suggests that number should be going down.

The report - which summarizes data from 14,500 health care facilities across all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico - provides a detailed status report into how the country is doing in the fight against six infection types that individual states are required to report to the CDC on.

Those infections include central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), select surgical site infections (SSI), hospital-onset Clostridium difficile infections (C. difficile), and hospital-onset methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremia (bloodstream infections).

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Highlights on the national level include a 46 percent decrease in CLABSI between 2008 and 2013, and a 19 percent decrease in SSI. Smaller, but still significant, decreases were seen in MRSA and C. difficile infection rates, while CAUTI infections have risen 6 percent since 2009.

"Hospitals have made real progress to reduce some types of health care-associated infections - it can be done," said Tom Frieden, CDC director, in a statement. "The key is for every hospital to have rigorous infection control programs to protect patients and health care workers, and for health care facilities and others to work together to reduce the many types of infections that haven't decreased enough."

The full report also includes individual state figures with side-by-side comparisons to national averages.

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