Infection control improves in US hospitals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today that there have been improvements made in controlling infections that commonly spread through hospitals.

The CDC's Healthcare-associated Infections (HAI) survery offers a glimpse into how the country and each state are progressing toward the goal of eliminating infections that are commonly spread in hospitals.

Certain infections spread through hospitals more commonly than others, including central line-associated bloodstream infections, which fell 46 percent from 2008 to 2013, according to the HAI report. 

The report also said that select surgical site infections dropped 19 percent among 10 tracked procedures between 2008 and 2013 while catherter-associated urinary tract infections increased 6 percent during that same time frame. 

This is the first HAI report that includes data about specific states and their hospital lab-identified methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), a deadly type of diarrhea.

MRSA cases fell 8 percent between 2011 and 2013, according to the report, while C. difficile also dropped 10 percent during that time. 

Health professionals are eager to use the additional information from the report to improve strategies to eradicate infections that commonly spread through hospitals.

For more information from the annual HAI report and to learn more about preventing the spread of infectious diseases, visit

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