CDC: Hospitals continue to reduce bloodstream infections

AHA News
 Hospitals reduced central lineassociated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) and surgical site infections by 41% and 17%, respectively, between 2008 and 2011, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s up from declines of 32% and 7%, respectively, reported in 2010.

The CDC reported that the biggest reductions in surgical-site infections was seen in coronary artery bypass graft surgery and cardiac surgery.

Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) declined 7% in 2010, with modest reductions in general wards reported in 2011.

The findings are based on data from the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network, CDC’s infection tracking system, which includes hospitals participating in the inpatient quality reporting program. The network receives data from more than 11,500 health care facilities across all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

The AHA’s Health Research
& Educational Trust affiliate is administering national projects to reduce CLABSI and CAUTI infections through the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program or CUSP.

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“Reductions in some of the deadliest healthcare-associated infections are encouraging, especially when you consider the costs to both patients and the health care system,” said CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D. Frieden called on hospitals to “redouble their efforts to track [CAUTI] infections and implement control strategies we know that work.”

Patrick Conway, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ chief medical officer, said
hospitals “are fulfilling Medicare’s quality measurement reporting requirements for hospital infections and demonstrating that, together, we can dramatically improve the safety and quality of care for patients.”

For more on the CDC’s Feb. 11 report, click on:
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