CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network infection tracking system showed a 41% reduction in central-line infections

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Intravenous news: Medpage Today report “Hospitals are doing better overall in efforts to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections, according to the CDC. Data submitted to the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network infection tracking system showed a 41% reduction in central-line infections in 2011, compared with predicted numbers, the agency reported in its annual analysis of patient infection data from hospitals in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

More modest reductions were observed in 2011 for catheter-associated urinary tract infections and surgical site infections. The reductions mean “lives saved and money saved,” CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, commented in a video recorded by the agency.”

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