CDC Releases New Reports Showing Progress in HAI Prevention

March 26, 2014

CDC infographicToday, 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. difficileStaphylococcus aureus, including MRSA; KlebsiellaE. coli; Enterococcus; and Pseudomonas.

The reports and additional data can be found by clicking on the following links:

Photo: CDC Infographic.  What Patients Can Do: Six Ways To Be A Safe Patient.

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Art Pichierri March 27, 2014 at 9:46 am

With all the science available, we are still dealing with physicians and nurses not washing their hands. Where is and how do we measure accountability? Why do physicians and nurses NOT have basic hygiene knowledge? Do they just ignore their responsibilities? I am speaking of U.S. hospitals not emerging countries. Are we using substandard methods or just ignoring what is available? Is the bureaucracy too large to affect change? It is as though peoples lives are not worth the effort. Clearly we have plenty of specialists publishing on the fact. Why then so little progress?

Chris Cahill April 1, 2014 at 12:38 pm

There are so many research articles about hand hygiene however there is no standardized method of measuring compliance.

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