HAI rates plunged at US hospitals in 2016

U.S. acute care hospitals reported a significant decrease in seven types of healthcare-associated infections in 2016, according to the CDC's 2016 Healthcare-Associated Infection Progress Report.

The report, based on 2016 data, shows year-to-year progress on prevention of these types of infections. The 2016 report is the first to measure year-to-year HAI prevention progress using the 2015 baseline, or reference point.

The report includes national and state-by-state summaries of HAIs in four healthcare settings: acute care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term acute care hospitals and critical access hospitals.

Seven report findings on HAI progress in U.S. acute care hospitals:

1. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia: 6 percent decrease
2. Clostridium difficile infections: 8 percent decrease
3. Central line-associated bloodstream infections: 11 percent decrease
4. Catheter-associated urinary tract infections: 7 percent decrease
5. Ventilator-associated events: 2 percent decrease
6. Abdominal hysterectomy surgical site infections: 13 percent decrease
7. Colon surgery SSIs: 7 percent decrease

To access the full progress report, click here.

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