5 highlights from the CDC's annual HAI progress report

Results of the CDC's recently released National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections Progress Report show hospitals are getting better at fighting HAIs, particularly drug-resistant superbugs.

The 2016 report includes national and state-by-state summaries of six HAI types, based on data reported to the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network in 2014. Progress on HAI prevention is measured using the standardized infection ratio.

Here are five highlights from the report.

1. Central line-associated bloodstream infections among national acute care hospitals decreased 50 percent between 2008 and 2014.

2. Although there was no significant change in the national catheter-associated urinary tract infection rate between 2009 and 2014, progress was identified in non-intensive care unit settings during that time, as well as progress in all settings between 2013 and 2014.

3. Based on 10 types of procedures, surgical site infections decreased 17 percent from previous reports. Specifically between 2008 and 2014, abdominal hysterectomy SSIs dipped 17 percent and colon surgery SSIs fell 2 percent.

4. Between 2011 and 2014, hospital-onset Clostridium difficile infections were reduced 8 percent.

5. Hospital-onset methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia fell 13 percent between 2011 and 2014.

To access the full progress report, click here.



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