-- Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of four common
health care-related infections declined in the United States in
2010, but more work is needed to eliminate all such types of
infections, a federal government report says.
The analysis of data submitted by hospitals to the U.S. National
Healthcare Safety Network revealed a 33 percent overall reduction
in central line-associated bloodstream infections, with a 35
percent decline among critical care patients and a 26 percent
decrease among non-critical care patients.
A central line is a tube that's placed in a large vein of a
patient's neck or chest to provide medical treatment. When a
central line is not put in correctly or kept clean, it can become a
pathway for germs to enter the body and cause serious bloodstream
infections, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The investigators also found an 18 percent decline in the number
of patients developing health care-associated invasive
Staphylococcus aureus(MRSA) infections, a 10 percent
decrease in surgical site infections, and a 7 percent reduction in
catheter-associated urinary tract infections.
Improvements in health care providers' adherence to infection
control measures were also noted by the researchers.
The report was presented Wednesday in a policy summit at the
National Journal in Washington, D.C.
Two other types of infections --
Clostridium difficile infections and MRSA bloodstream
infections -- are currently being tracked and data on them will be
available next year, according to the CDC.
"Hospitals continue to make impressive progress in driving down certain infections in intensive care units through implementation of CDC prevention strategies," Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, CDC director, said in an agency news release.
"Hospitals and state health departments need to translate this progress to other areas of health care delivery and health care infections, such as dialysis and ambulatory surgery centers, and diarrheal infections such as Clostridium difficile," Frieden noted.
Dr. Denise Cardo, director of the CDC's Division of Healthcare
Quality Promotion, added: "These successes reflect investments not
only in hospital practices, but in our national and state public
health capacity. Preventing infections in health care saves lives
and reduces health care costs."
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more
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