CDC reports decreases in some healthcare-associated infections
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in February 2013 that the incidence of some healthcare-associated infections decreased between 2010 and 2011. The CDC has a tracking system called the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), which gathers data from over 11,500 healthcare facilities across the U.S. According to a recent analysis of NHSN data, hospitals in the U.S. have seen decreases in central line-associated bloodstream infections and some surgical site infections. However, rates of catheter-associated urinary tract infections did not change between 2010 and 2011. More specifically, the rate of catheter-associated urinary tract infections improved in general medical patients but no reduction was reported in critical care locations.
In 2008, the National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections was established and goals to reduce these infections were set for December 2013. Since that time there has been a 41% reduction in central line-associated bloodstream infections (goal 50% reduction), 17% reduction in surgical site infections (goal 25% reduction), and 7% reduction in catheter-associated urinary tract infections (goal 25% reduction). Central line-associated bloodstream infections and surgical site infections are making progress toward reaching the 2013 goals. Although reductions in catheter-associated urinary tract infections are progressing more slowly, the CDC believes that the goal for 2013 is still achievable.
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