More than 1,500 hospitals in 17 states reported 18% fewer central-line associated bloodstream infections than projected, according to the first state-specific infection report released in May by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC report compares data from hospitals in 17 states that are required by state law to share their infection rates with the agency’s National Healthcare Safety Network. The CDC used reports from 2006 to 2008 to project a case-mix-adjusted infection rate. Future CDC reports will be issued every six months to track progress at the state level.
Twenty-seven states mandate some kind of public reporting of infection rates, but at the time the data were compiled, only 17 required participation in the CDC’s surveillance system. Four additional states — California, Nevada, Texas and West Virginia — have since enacted laws that mandate reporting to the CDC.