CDC reports national decrease in healthcare-associated infections

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In 2018, national healthcare-associated infections decreased, with acute-care hospitals reducing Clostridium difficile infections by 12 percent, central line-associated bloodstream infections by 9 percent and catheter-associated urinary tract infections by 8 percent, according to a new CDC report.

Compared to 2015, all states but one performed better on at least two infection types. Forty-four states improved performance for at least three infection types and 33 states performed better on at least four infection types.  

There were no significant changes reported in ventilator-associated events, surgical site infections or MRSA between 2017 and 2018.  

In 2018, national healthcare-associated infections decreased, with acute-care hospitals reducing Clostridium difficile infections by 12 percent, central line-associated bloodstream infections by 9 percent and catheter-associated urinary tract infections by 8 percent, according to a new CDC report.

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