National and state healthcare-associated infections progress report
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National and state healthcare-associated infections progress report

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    HAI progress report
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    This report is based on 2012 data, published March 2014.

    Healthcare-associated infections are a major, yet often preventable, threat to patient safety The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is committed to helping all Americans receive the best and safest care This National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections Progress Report expands and provides an update on previous reports detailing progress toward the ultimate goal of eliminating healthcare-associated infections.

    The Report can serve as a reference for anyone looking for information about national and state HAI prevention progress It is specifically designed to be accessible to many audiences Please refer to the technical appendix for detailed statistics and references.

    To help improve patient safety, CDC tracks infections, responds to outbreaks, provides infection prevention expertise and guidelines, spearheads prevention research, and serves as the nation’s gold- standard laboratory CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), the nation’s healthcare-associated infection tracking system, is critical in this work More than 12,500 hospitals and other healthcare facilities provide data to NHSN This vital information is then used for reporting, including for this HAI Progress Report, and for care improvement by facilities, states, regions, quality groups, and national public health agencies including CDC The HAI Progress Report includes data from hospital wards, intensive care units and neonatal intensive care units.

    The HAI Progress Report consists of national and state-by-state summaries of healthcare-associated infections The Report helps measure progress toward the five-year HAI prevention goals outlined in the National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections: Road Map to Elimination (HAI Action Plan) set in 2009 by the U S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Progress is measured using the standardized infection ratio (SIR), a summary statistic used to track HAI prevention progress over time The individual state progress reports include infection-specific SIRs, location- specific SIRs, and efforts states are taking to prevent HAIs. These customized reports can aid in identifying areas in need of improvement, and focusing prevention efforts nationally and within states.

    Data in this report are from acute care hospitals only National and state-level data include: central line-associated bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and surgical site infections The report also offers a national look at hospital-onset Clostridium difficile (C difficile) infections and hospital-onset methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections State-specific surgical site infection data are presented for colon surgery and abdominal hysterectomy surgery, two commonly reported surgeries.

    Suggested citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2012 National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections Progress Report Published March 26, 2014.

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