January 15, 2015

CDC: Hospitals Making Progress in Effort to Eliminate Infections

Hospitals reduced central-line associated blood stream infections and surgical site infections by 46 percent and 19 percent, respectively, between 2008 and 2013, according to the latest annual report on healthcare-associated infections, released on Jan. 14 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among other improvements, hospitals reduced C. difficile infections by 10 percent and methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infections by 8 percent between 2011 and 2013.

Nationally, catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) increased 6 percent between 2009 and 2013, but initial data from 2014 suggest they have started to decrease, the agency said. "Hospitals have made real progress to reduce some types of healthcare-associated infections - it can be done," said  CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D. "The key is for every hospital to have rigorous infection control programs to protect patients and health care workers, and for health care facilities and others to work together to reduce the many types of infections that haven't decreased enough."

FHA is currently administering two collaboratives focused on eliminating CAUTI in intensive care units and emergency departments. View more on FHA's patient safety initiatives  online  . Questions? Contact Kim Streit, vice president of health care research and information, at (407) 841-6230. (Portions of this article are courtesy of the American Hospital Association)