CDC Issues State-by-State Report on Healthcare-Associated Infections

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The CDC has issued a report detailing the state of healthcare-associated infections among the 50 states.

The data in the report were submitted by hospitals to CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network, the agency's infection tracking system used by more than 7,800 healthcare facilities nationwide as a tool for preventing healthcare-associated infections. This is the first time that CDC is releasing a standardized infection ratio for central line-associated bloodstream infections for each of the 50 states.

Key findings from the report include the following:

 

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•    Twenty-one states had significant decreases in central line-associated bloodstream infections between 2009 and 2010
•    Although nationally there was a decrease in surgical site infections in 2010, only coronary artery bypass grafting showed a substantial decrease in infections between 2009 and 2010, which impacted the observed decrease nationally.  
•    A total of 13,812 healthcare-associated infections (including central line-associated bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections and surgical site infections) were observed in 2010.
•    Of these, more than half (7,206 infection) were observed in reporting facilities' intensive care units.
•    A total of 4,737 surgical site infections were observed among 529,038 procedures (including hip and knee arthroplasties, colon and rectal surgery and coronary artery bypass graft) in 2010.
•    Of these, nearly half of surgical site infections occurred during hip arthroplasty (1,091 infections) and knee arthroplasty (1,090 infections).

For more information on the state of healthcare-associated infections and states' prevention measures, click here.

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