CLABSI reduction by 18 percent

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Intravenous news: APIC report “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report today showing that U.S. healthcare facilities have reduced the rate of central-line associated bloodstream infections by 18 percent. The report compares national and state data from January to June 2009 with national data from 2006 to 2008. Central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) are estimated to claim the lives of 30,000 U.S. patients each year and contribute significantly to healthcare costs.”

“APIC is encouraged by this report, which shows significant progress in preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in many of our nation’s hospitals. The new report is based on epidemiologically sound, surveillance data collected through the CDC’s healthcare-associated infection monitoring system, the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). Collected in a standardized fashion, using standardized definitions, these data provide a solid benchmark against which future efforts can be measured and represent the quality of data that are needed for the prevention HAIs. APIC believes the NHSN surveillance network is the best currently available method for ensuring the establishment of a scientifically meaningful reporting and monitoring system for HAIs.”

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