The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the annual National and State Healthcare-Associated Infection Progress Report on Wednesday, January 14th. Across the country progress has been made in reducing harmful infections occurring within acute care hospitals. The progress report features the information for individual states as well as the entire country’s national average. This report is based on information collected through the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), which collects data from more than 14,500 healthcare facilities across all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. NHSN captures six infections types, which are Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI), Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI), Surgical Site Infections (SSIs) for Abdominal Hysterectomy and Colon Surgery, Laboratory Identified Hospital-Onset C. Difficile Infections, and Laboratory Identified Hospital-Onset Bloodstream Infections – Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
The report this year provides the first analysis of state efforts to prevent MRSA and C. Difficile Infections. District hospitals’ standardized infection ratios (STI) for three specific infection types revealed a decrease. This includes a 30% decrease in CLABSI, a 30% decrease in SSI-Colon Surgery, and a 12% decrease in C. Difficile Infections respectively between 2008 and 2013. In the effort to eliminate healthcare-associated infections within District hospitals, facilities are focusing on hand hygiene, antibiotic stewardship, and healthcare personnel influenza vaccination. These initiatives ensure the highest level patient safety and quality service delivery for the citizens of the District of Columbia. Click here to access the CDC Newsroom press release for further information.