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CDC Reports Better Prevention of Health Care–Associated Infections

New reports published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show marked progress over the past 10 years toward eliminating health care–associated infections (HAIs) in the United States.

The first report provides a summary of progress from 2006 to 2016 on reducing HAIs, including :

  • central line–associated bloodstream infections;
  • catheter-associated urinary tract infections;
  • surgical site infections;
  • methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia; and
  • Clostridium difficile infections.

State-level data are available through CDC’s HAI Progress Reports.

CDC also provided an update on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ five-year goals, set in 2015 through the National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care–Associated Infections. Providers can view state and national standardized infection ratios calculated with the 2015 baseline, as well as ratios calculated with historical baselines. The reports include next steps for working to eliminate HAIs.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Emily Schweich is a communications associate for America's Essential Hospitals.