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CLABSI Rates Down 32%, Says CDC

Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, April 20, 2012

The report also includes a national snapshot of the CLABSI infection risk linked to 10 common surgical procedures, including hip and knee arthroplasty, colon surgery, rectal surgery, coronary artery bypass graft, and abdominal hysterectomy. Only coronary artery bypass graft and rectal surgery showed a decrease in infections between 2009 and 2010. The others remained unchanged.

CAUTI Rates Dip 3%
In addition to CLABSI data, the report includes first-time national data reported for catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) showing that for all patient areas (excluding NICUs) 9,995 CAUTIs were reported compared to 10,656 predicted for an SIR of 0.938.

For CAUTIs, the SIR was slightly higher for among critical care locations (0.967) compared to ward locations (0.903). This translates into a reduction in CAUTIs of about 3% (ICUs) to 10% (ward locations) since 2009. The findings are based on reports from 1,086 healthcare facilities in 47 states.

Surgical Site Infection Rates Down 8%
National surgical site infection (SSI) data is also reported. SIR is limited to SSIs classified as deep incisional or organ/space infection detected during admission or readmission to the same hospital where the procedure was performed.

Some 4,737 SSIs were reported from more than 529,000 procedures. More than 5,170 were predicted for an SIR of 0.916. This translates into n 8% reduction in the incidence of these SSIs. The findings are based on reports from 1,385 healthcare facilities in 45 states.

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