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Study Finds COVID-19 Pandemic Reversing Progress Previously Made in Hospital Patient Safety

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An analysis of the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network found four out of the six routinely tracked infections saw major increases in 2020, according to a study published in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

The largest increases were seen in bloodstream infections associated with central line catheters (CLABSI), with CLABSI infections 46% and 47% higher in the third and fourth quarters of 2020 compared with 2019.

The study showed an increase in catheter-associated urinary tract infections, antibiotic resistant staph infections and ventilator-associated infections, which increased by 45% in the fourth quarter.

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The impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on healthcare-associated infections in 2020: A summary of data reported to the National Healthcare Safety Network. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. 3 September 2021

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