March 26, 2019

CDC: Healthcare-associated infections declining

By: Judy Mathias

Editor’s Note

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on March 19 released its current progress report on healthcare-associated infections, which includes state and national level statistics for 2017.

Among the findings for acute care hospitals:

  • Clostridium difficile infections declined by 13%.
  • Central line-associated bloodstream infections fell by 9%.
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections decreased by 8%.
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections declined by 5%.
  • Ventilator-associated events fell by 3%.
  • Surgical site infections for 10 selected procedures decreased by 1%.


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