Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released two new reports showing progress in prevention efforts aimed at healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). However, despite success shown by the reports, more work is needed to meet new challenges.
The reports detail the estimates of HAIs occurring throughout the nation, and also report on national and state-specific progress in the prevention of HAIs.
“Although there has been some progress, today and every day, more than 200 Americans with healthcare-associated infections will die during their hospital stay,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “The most advanced medical care won’t work if clinicians don’t prevent infections through basic things such as regular hand hygiene. Health care workers want the best for their patients; following standard infection control practices every time will help ensure their patients’ safety.”
Major findings of the reports include:
- 1 in 25 hospitalized patients will experience at least one HAI
- Approximately 75,000 hospital patients with HAIs died during their hospitalizations
- Progress has been made in preventing certain infections. This includes central line-associated bloodstream infections, infections related to 10 types of surgery, hospital-onset methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections, and hospital-onset Clostridium difficile infections.
- The most common germs causing HAIs were C. difficile; Staphylococcus aureus, including MRSA; Klebsiella; E. coli; Enterococcus; and Pseudomonas.
The reports and additional data can be found by clicking on the following links:
- CDC Press Release
- CDC HAI Data and Statistics Webpage
- Healthcare-associated Infections (HAI) Progress Report
- HAI Prevalence Survey: Magill SS, Edwards JR, Blamberg W, et al. Multistate Point-Prevalence Survey of Health Care-Associated Infections. N Engl J Med 2014; 370:1198-208.
Photo: CDC Infographic. What Patients Can Do: Six Ways To Be A Safe Patient.