Hospitals reduced central line-associated bloodstream infections and surgical site infections by 44% and 20%, respectively, between 2008 and 2012, according to the latest annual progress report on healthcare-associated infections, released March 26 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, MRSA (methicillin-resistant staph) infections and C. difficile infections declined 4% and 2%, respectively, between 2011 and 2012.
The findings are based on data from the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network, which includes hospitals participating in the inpatient quality reporting program. CDC also released a second report on 2011 HAI estimates from a survey of hospitals in 10 states, which found overall infections declined to 721,800 in 2011 from 1.7 million in 2002.
“Hospitals have worked hard to achieve these results but will not be satisfied until we reach zero infections,” said American Hospital Association President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock. “Preventing infections is a never-ending process with new challenges and situations emerging every day. Hospitals continue to learn from each other, see what works and implement best practices to improve and promote quality care. The positive results from today’s study are the product of this collaboration.”