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MRSA Down, C. Difficile Up Slightly, Says CDC

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 20, 2011

However, clostridium difficile hospitalizations are not on track and data are not yet available for MRSA bacteremia hospitalizations and clostridium difficile infections.

Types of infections that were in decline include:

  • Central line-associated bloodstream infections, or CLABSI, decreased 33%, with a 35% reduction among critical care and 26% drop among non-critical care patients between 2010 and the three-year period 2006-2008.
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in hospitals declined 7% between 2009 and 2010.
  • Surgical site infections were reduced 10% in 2010 compared with a three-year baseline between 2006-2008.
  • Invasive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections associated with healthcare settings declined 18% in 2010 compared with a two-year baseline, 2007-2008.

The agency said that data suggest that hospitals are making improvements in compliance with five Surgical Care Improvement Project process measures to reduce surgical site infections.

Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

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