The CDC published the 2018 National and State Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Progress Report showing significant progress nationally in reducing several hospital-acquired infections and highlighting that prevention of these infections is possible. CDC’s HAI Progress Report is a snapshot of how each state and the country are doing in eliminating the infections outlined in the HAI National Action Plan.
Using data from CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), the 2018 HAI Progress Report shows the following reductions have been achieved nationally among acute care hospitals (2017 – 2018):
- About 9% decrease in central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs)
- About 8% decrease in catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs)
- No significant changes in ventilator-associated events (VAEs)
- No significant changes in surgical site infections (SSIs) related to the 10 procedures tracked in the report
- No significant changes in hospital-onset methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections
- About 12% decrease in hospital-onset C. difficile infections
Each day, approximately 1 in 31 U.S. patients have at least one infection in association with his or her hospital care, underscoring the need for improvements in patient care practices in U.S. healthcare facilities.
While much progress has been made, more needs to be done to prevent healthcare-associated infections in a variety of settings. Ongoing collaboration between public health, healthcare professionals, and other partners serve as a critical component to ensuring patient safety.
Additionally, the HAI Progress Report data are now available in CDC’s new Antibiotic Resistance & Patient Safety Portal (AR&PSP), an interactive web-based application that was created to innovatively display data collected through CDC’s NHSN and other sources. We hope you’ll use the AR&PSP to view enhanced data visualizations on Antibiotic Resistance, Use, and Stewardship datasets as well as HAI data for the nation and states.