Trends in Hospital-Acquired Infections, According to a New CDC Report (Pt. 2)
February 22, 2015
Resuming Trends in Hospital-Acquired Infections, According to a New CDC Report (Pt. 1), here, we will continue highlighting some of the noteworthy findings of a recently issued CDC report on the status of HIAs in the U.S.
While the first part of this blog series revealed some national trends associated with the incidence of hospital-acquired infections in the U.S., below, we’ll take a closer look at the CDC’s findings regarding HIAs in the state of Oregon, as well as what the CDC is recommending to reduce HIAs in the future.
Trends in Hospital-Acquired Infections in Oregon
Here’s what the CDC’s report on HIAs found when reviewing data from Oregon hospitals and in-patient health care facilities:
- Central-line bloodstream infections dropped by about 70 percent (24 percent more than the national drop).
- Surgical site infections saw both an increase and decrease in Oregon, as the rate of surgical site infections related to abdominal hysterectomies increased by about 12 percent while these infections related to colon surgeries dropped by about 25 percent.
- MRSA infections decreased by about 38 percent.
- Diarrheal infections dropped by about 24 percent.
- Catheter-related UTIs increased by about 16 percent.
Here, it’s important to note that Oregon is among 10 states whose health departments are participating in the CDC’s Emerging Infections Program, which is focused on researching and reducing hospital-acquired infections (among other things).
Preventing Hospital-Acquired Infections
Understanding the current status of and trends in hospital-acquired infections – both on the state and national level – is just the first step in preventing HIAs and saving lives. The next step is identifying and implementing various methods of reducing these infections.
To this end, the CDC will be adding a new tool to its HIA reporting system that will allow hospitals (and other health care facilities) to identify which of its units are associated with the highest numbers of hospital-acquired infections. The goal is to help hospitals better target problem areas and improve patient safety in these units.
As CDC Director Tom Frieden has explained, “hospitals have made real progress to reduce some types of healthcare-associated infections—it can be done.”
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