Hospitals saw drop in some HAIs last year: 4 CDC findings

U.S. hospitals saw improvement fighting bloodstream and urinary tract infections rates last year, according to the CDC's 2019 National and State HAI Progress Report. 

The report uses 2018-19 data from more than 36,000 hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities to analyze rates of central line-associated bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, ventilator-associated events, surgical site infections, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream events and Clostridioides difficile events.   

Four national report findings for acute care hospitals: 

1. Overall, U.S. hospitals reported a 7 percent decrease in CLABSIs from 2018 to 2019, with the largest decrease — 13 percent —  in neonatal intensive care units. 

2. CAUTIs dropped by 8 percent, with the largest decrease — 12 percent — reported by intensive care units.

3. VAEs increased by 2 percent, with the highest increase observed in ICUs.

4. There was no significant change in SSIs.

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