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CDC Vital Signs: Protecting Patients from Antibiotic Resistance

Monday, March 7, 2016   (0 Comments)
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1 in 4 catheter- and surgery-related HAIs caused by 6 resistant bacteria in long-term hospitals


March 7, 2016--The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week released new information regarding hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) and antibiotic resistance. The CDC’s March Vital Signs report dives into the issue and provides data on the incidence and scope of the problem.


The national data featured in this new report, along with data from CDC’s latest annual progress report on HAI prevention, show that the U.S. is doing a better job of preventing HAIs, but more work is needed – especially in fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria. According to the CDC, “many of the most urgent and serious antibiotic-resistant bacteria threaten patients while they are being treated in health care facilities for other conditions, which may lead to sepsis or death.”

With the release of the new data, CDC also unveiled the Antibiotic Resistance Patient Safety Atlas, a new web application featuring interactive data on HAIs caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The Atlas uses data reported to CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network from 2011 to 2014 from more than 4,000 health care facilities.

CDC recommends three critical strategies that doctors, nurses, and other health care
providers need to take with every patient, every time, to prevent HAIs and stop the spread of antibiotic resistance:

  • Prevent the spread of bacteria between patients
  • Prevent infections related to surgery and/or catheters
  • Improve antibiotic use through stewardship

Read more on the CDC website.


Patient Resources

The CDC also has information and resources about hospital-acquired infections for patients and families. Read more

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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