National rates decrease overall; variable results at the state level
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released the latest National and State Healthcare Associated Infections Progress Report [PDF]. The report is compiled from data submitted by more than 12,500 acute care hospitals across the nation and addresses infection rates in intensive care units, hospital wards, and neonatal intensive care units.
Using data from 2012, the report was compiled to measure progress toward the five-year HAI prevention goals set in 2009 by the US Department of Health and Human Services. According to the CDC, the new report is meant to serve as a “reference for anyone looking for information about national and state HAI prevention progress.”
Nationally, the report notes some significant success:
A 44% decrease in central line-associated bloodstream infections between 2008 and 2012.
A 20% decrease in infections related to the 10 surgical procedures tracked in the report between 2008-2012
A 4% decrease in hospital-onset MRSA bloodstream infections between 2011 and 2012
A 2 percent decrease in hospital-onset C. difficile infections between 2011 and 2012.
A 3 percent increase in catheter-associated urinary tract infections between 2009 and 2012.