CDC releases National Healthcare Safety Network annual report

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday released its annual report summarizing device-associated data reported to the agency’s National Healthcare Safety Network in 2011. Among the improvements in quality, the report cites a 41% reduction in central line-associated bloodstream infections since 2008, up from 32% in 2010; a 17% reduction in surgical site infections since 2008, up from 7% in 2010; and a 7% reduction in catheter-associated urinary tract infections since 2009. The report was published in the Journal of Infection Control.  The data, which were collected by participating hospitals from January through December 2011 and reported to CDC by Aug. 1, 2012, are used for the 2011 National and State Healthcare-associated Infections Standardized Infection Ratio Report.

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