The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released its annual report on Healthcare-Associated Infections in California Hospitals for calendar year 2017. From 2016 to 2017, California hospitals made the most substantial progress in HAI prevention since reporting began in 2009. In 2017, hospitals reported 2,602 fewer HAI than reported in 2016. Statewide incidence for all reportable infection types is now lower or “better” than 2015 national baselines. In 2017, 404 general acute care hospitals reported 16,322 HAIs, 2,602 fewer HAI than reported in 2016.
California acute care hospitals track and report to CDPH five types of hospital-onset infections: Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections, Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE) bloodstream infections, Clostridium difficile infections (CDI), Surgical site infections (SSI)
This report summarizes HAI data reported from January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017, via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).