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CDC Reports Continued Decline in Hospital Infections

AHA News writes: Hospitals reduced abdominal hysterectomy surgical site infections by 13 percent and central line-associated bloodstream infections by 11 percent in 2016, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report also shows progress by hospitals in reducing other health care-associated infections, including an 8 percent decline in Clostridium difficile infections; 7 percent declines in catheter-associated urinary tract, colon surgical site and methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infections; and 2 percent decline in ventilator-associated events.   The infection data are reported to CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). HAI data for nearly all U.S. hospitals are published on the Hospital Compare website. This report is based on 2016 data, published in 2018 and uses the 2015 Baseline and risk-adjusted models.

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