CDC Reports

April 2, 2014    |   By: Calevir

On March 26th the CDC released two reports that together show the progress that has been made to eliminate infections in hospital patients, and that more work on patient safety is needed.

The first report is a New England Journal of Medicine providing national healthcare associated infection estimates, stating that, on any given day, 1 of every 25 patients had 1 or more infections related to their hospital stay.   This equates to around 722,000 infections per year, and of those, 1 of every 9 patients will die from these infections during their hospital stay.

The second report is an annual report toward the U.S. Health and Human Services HAI prevention goals, which provided both state and national progress toward these goals.   Nationally, there has been a 44% decrease in central line-associated bloodstream infections from 2008-2012; a 20% decrease in surgical site infections (related to the 10 surgical procedures tracked) from 2008-2012; and a 3% increase in catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

For more infection and to access the reports, visit:   www.cdc.gov/hai

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