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CDC: Hospitals continue to reduce infections

February 12, 2013

Hospitals reduced central line-associated bloodstream infections and surgical site infections by 41% and 17%, respectively, between 2008 and 2011, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's up from declines of 32% and 7%, respectively, reported in 2010. Catheter-associated urinary tract infections declined 7% in 2010, with modest reductions in general wards reported in 2011. The findings are based on data from the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network, which includes hospitals participating in the inpatient quality reporting program. AHA's Health Research & Educational Trust affiliate is administering national projects to reduce CLABSI and CAUTI infections through the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program.