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Hospital-Acquired Infections Decline, But Threat Remains

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, March 27, 2014

He credited national collaborative programs such as CUSP (Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program), and bundles and checklists for prevention protocols, "which have demonstrated the ability to make serious progress and I think we're seeing some spillover from that."

In a statement Wednesday, American Hospital Association President Rich Umbdenstock called the CDC reports a reminder for hospitals and clinicians "that our work is not done. The quality journey is a marathon, not a sprint… Hospitals have worked hard to achieve these results, but will not be satisfied until we reach zero infections."

He credited the CUSP program and the federal Hospital Engagement Networks or HENs, for helping hospitals make quality and safety improvements, especially in central line-associated bloodstream infections."

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Daniel Diekema, MD, president, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America said in a statement, "This progress is the direct result of the ongoing efforts of healthcare workers across the country who are dedicated to improving patient care and outcomes." He emphasized that more funding for HAI prevention research "is essential" for further improvements.

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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