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Hospital-Acquired Infections Decline, But Threat Remains

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, March 27, 2014

Magill speculated that aspiration pneumonia may be the typical culprit behind non ventilator-associated pneumonias because it "can happen in patients who are sedated, don't have normal mental status while they are in the hospital, or are less able to protect their airway from secretions getting down into the lung." This is something that hospitals and the CDC "need to get a better handle on," she said.

"Our nation is making progress in preventing healthcare-associated infections through three main mechanisms: financial incentives to improve quality, performance measures and public reporting to improve transparency, and the spreading and scaling of effective interventions," Patrick Conway, MD, Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and CMS chief medical officer said in a statement.

"This progress represents thousands of lives saved, prevented patient harm, and the associated reduction in costs across our nation." 

The second report includes data reported to the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network or NHSN for six kinds of infections and compared rates over time.

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