Blog | Thursday, February 14, 2013

QD: News Every Day--Hospitals making modest progress on reducing nosocomial infections

Hospitals reduced central line-associated bloodstream infections 41% since 2008, up from the 32% reduction reported in 2010, while the rate of change catheter-associated urinary tract infections remained unchanged between 2010 and 2011, reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC report appeared online Feb. 11.

The report looked at data submitted to the National Healthcare Safety Network, the CDC’s infection tracking system, which receives data from more than 11,500 U.S. health care facilities. The number of infections reported was compared with data from 2010, as well as with a national baseline.

Among other findings, there was a 17% reduction in surgical site infections since 2008, up from the 7% reduction reported in 2010. This improvement was not evident for all procedure types, and there is still substantial opportunity for improvement across a range of operative procedures, the CDC report said.

Also, there was a 7% reduction in catheter-associated urinary tract infections since 2009, which is the same percentage of reduction that was reported in 2010. While there were modest reductions in infections among patients in general wards, there was essentially no reduction in infections reported in critical care locations.

As part of the National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections established in 2008, HHS has set a goal of reducing by December 2013 central line-associated bloodstream infections by 50%, catheter-associated urinary tract infections by 25%, and surgical site infections by 25%, according to the CDC.