CDC releases two hospital-acquired infection reports

March 26, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released two reports - one, a New England Journal of Medicine article detailing 2011 national health care-associated infection (HAI) estimates from a survey of hospitals in 10 states, and the other a 2012 annual report on national and state-specific progress toward U.S. Health and Human Services HAI prevention goals. Together, the reports show that progress has been made in the effort to eliminate infections that commonly threaten hospital patients, but more work is needed to improve patient safety. The report includes a fact sheet for Oregon.

Importantly, the NEJM article updates the burden numbers for HAI in hospitals (previous estimates for hospitals was 1.7 million infections, 99,000 deaths, 1 in 20 hospital patients at any given time has an infection).

The data in the second report is not provided on a facility-specific level but is available by state in aggregate and includes data that is already publicly available on Hospital Compare (e.g., CLABSI, CAUTI, and infections after colon surgery and abdominal hysterectomy).

More about Oregon’s Fact Sheet and HAI Program

  • The CDC’s Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Progress Report shows Oregon is a leader in preventing HAIs.
  • Oregon’s rate of reported central line-associated blood stream infections, and surgical site infections following colon surgery and abdominal hysterectomy surgery is below the national average. However, Oregon is above the national rate for catheter-associated urinary tract infections.
  • Oregon’s HAI progress report shows we are doing a great job in the state at reducing the spread of these dangerous infections, but that’s no consolation for the 200 people who die from an HAI each day in the United States.
  • Any one of these dangerous organisms can spread rapidly in a hospital setting, creating a disaster scenario that endangers the lives of many people.
  • Oregon’s HAI Program, based at the Oregon Public Health Division, is helping to improve the health of Oregonians, increase the quality and reliability of care, and lower costs of care – all objectives of the Triple Aim, the Oregon Health Policy Board's Action Plan for Health – by:
    • Providing oversight and support for the mandatory reporting of HAIs in Oregon hospitals.
    • Ensuring reported HAI data is complete and accurate.
    • Partnering with other state and federal entities to develop evidence-based HAI prevention strategies.
  • The Oregon HAI Program focuses on:
    • Limiting the potential for spread of extremely drug resistant organisms, such as carbapenemase producing enterobacteriacae (CRE).
    • Decreasing ongoing spread of Clostridium difficile infection.
    • Promoting appropriate stewardship of antibiotics.


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