CDC Publishes Healthcare-Associated Infections Progress Report

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its latest "National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Progress Report."

The HAI Progress Report, which pertains to the inpatient hospital setting, includes national and state-by-state summaries of six HAI types based on 2014 data. The report helps measure progress toward the HAI prevention goals outlined in the "National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections: Road Map to Elimination (HAI Action Plan) set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The most recent report describes significant reductions reported at the national level for nearly all infections when compared to the baseline data.

Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) and abdominal hysterectomy surgical site infections (SSI) show the greatest reduction.

Some progress is shown in reducing hospital-onset methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremia and hospital-onset Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infections.

The previous two reports showed an increase in CAUTI from the prior year, signaling a strong need for additional prevention efforts. CAUTI did decrease from 2013 to 2014, but continued prevention efforts are essential to improve patient safety.

Among national acute care hospitals, the report found:
- 50% decrease in CLABSI between 2008 and 2014
- No change in overall CAUTI between 2009 and 2014
     • However, there was progress in non-ICU settings between 2009 and 2014, progress in all settings between 2013 and 2014, and even more progress in all settings towards the end of 2014
- 17% decrease in SSI related to the 10 select procedures tracked in previous reports
     • 17% decrease in abdominal hysterectomy SSI between 2008 and 2014
     • 2% decrease in colon surgery SSI between 2008 and 2014
- 8% decrease in C. difficile infections between 2011 and 2014
- 13% decrease in MRSA bacteremia between 2011 and 2014

Note: The report also includes a national snapshot of HAIs in long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs) and inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs).

For assistance with HAI prevention and management, contact Infection Control Consulting Services (ICCS). ICCS remains at the forefront of inpatient HAI reduction and prevention, providing services to the acute care hospital sector including, but not limited to, on-site visits to determine workflow, conduct gap analyses and observe "best practices" for the purpose of identifying areas that could be improved upon, and providing guidance for compliance with regulatory and accreditation agencies, including developing infection prevention risk assessments and plans, and policy and procedure updates. 

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Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is the founder and president of Infection Control Consulting Services LLC (ICCS). Phenelle has more than 30 years' experience providing customized comprehensive infection control and prevention services to healthcare facilities nationwide. Her services focus on assisting hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental office and oral surgery practices, doctor's offices, nursing homes and other organizations with implementing and maintaining an infection control program that: complies with The Joint Commission, AAAHC, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies; respond to situations of noncompliance; and improve the processes for reducing risk.