CDC Issues State Infection Report

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released a report detailing national and state performance in preventing three major categories of health care-associated infections: central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) and surgical site infections (SSIs) for 10 procedures.

The report, which includes data from CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), shows that CLABSIs and CAUTIs continue to decline nationally; however, 9 out of 10 surgical procedures tracked require stronger infection prevention efforts to maximize patient safety.

This is the first time that CDC is releasing CLABSI standardized infection ratios (SIR) for every state. As seen in the report, 21 states had significant decreases in central line-associated bloodstream infections between 2009 and 2010, which has contributed to the progress seen nationally.

For more information about CDC's National and State Healthcare-associated Infections Report, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/hai/surveillance/nhsn_statereports.html