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CDC reports major progress in decreasing healthcare-associated infections

from Infection Control Today

Acute care hospitals reduced Clostridium difficile infections by 12%, central line-associated bloodstream infections by 9%, and catheter-associated urinary tract infections by 8% between 2017 and 2018, according to the 2018 National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections Progress Report issued today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report updates 2015 benchmark data, and shows that there has been "significant progress" made across the board. Still, much more needs to be done the CDC notes, adding that about 1 in 31 U.S. patients get at least one infection associated with hospital care every day. more

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