Health care–associated infections (HAIs) have decreased at acute-care hospitals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s annual HAI progress report.
Using 2017–2018 data from the National Healthcare Safety Network, the progress report provides state-specific summaries for inpatient rehabilitation facilities, acute-care hospitals, long-term acute-care hospitals, and critical-access hospitals. For the first time, progress report data are available through the CDC’s new Antibiotic Resistance & Patient Safety Portal, which includes data visualizations.
The report shows:
- a 9 percent decrease in central line–associated bloodstream infections;
- an 8 percent decrease in catheter-associated urinary tract infections; and
- a 12 percent decrease in hospital-onset Clostridium difficile infections.
There were no significant changes in the number of ventilator-associated events, surgical site infections related to the 10 procedures tracked in the report, or hospital-onset methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections.
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