The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on January 5 updated its data on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).
Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) have dropped 50% since 2008.
Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) have had consistent year-to-year decreases, especially since those caused by yeast were deleted from the CAUTI definition, with declines of 6-8% from 2012 through 2014 and 5-6% between 2015 and 2016.
There also has been progress in reducing other HAIs, including surgical site, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and Clostridium difficile infections.
This progress reflects outstanding collaborative efforts among healthcare providers, supported by national prevention efforts led by CDC, state health departments, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Comprehensive Unit Based Safety Program (CUSP), and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Improvement Networks and Organizations and Hospital Engagement Networks.