CDC report on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) shows reductions in infection rates

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Intravenous news: Infection Control Today report “A new state-by-state breakdown of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) shows reductions in infection rates across the country. The report also pinpoints that some medical procedures will require stronger infection prevention efforts to maximise patient safety. The report includes a summary measure called a standardized infection ratio, which allows tracking of prevention efforts over time. The data in the report were submitted by hospitals to CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network, the agency’s premiere infection tracking system used by more than 8,200 healthcare facilities nationwide as a core tool for preventing healthcare-associated infections. This is the first time that CDC is releasing a standardized infection ratio for central line-associated bloodstream infections for each of the 50 states. As seen in the report, 21 states had significant decreases in central line-associated bloodstream infections between 2009 and 2010, which has contributed to the progress seen on a national level.”

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