CDC: Some hospital bugs decreasing nationally

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

January 21, 2015

Healthcare-associated infections in acute care hospitals have decreased nationally, including a 10% decrease in Clostridium difficile infections and an 8% decrease in methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) between 2012 and 2013, according to a report from Infectious Disease Special Edition (idse.net).

According to the article, which chronicles a CDC report released this month, the greatest progress was in reducing central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), which saw a 46% reduction between 2008 and 2013. Also, there a 19% decrease in surgical site infections (SSIs) related to 10 specific procedures, including hip and knee arthroplasty; colorectal surgery; abdominal and vaginal hysterectomies; and several cardiovascular procedures.

The CDC’s report summarizes data submitted to the National Healthcare Safety Network, a tracking system that is used by more than 14,500 health care facilities across all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, the article said.