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New CDC Progress Report about National HAI Prevention Efforts

October 16, 2018

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published its 2016 National and State Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Progress Report. The report, the first to measure year-to-year progress using 2015 as the baseline year, provides state- and national-level data about certain HAIs that occurred during 2016 in four health care settings. The baseline was recently updated to take into account advancements in HAI prevention and updated National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) definitions. This more current baseline allows for a more realistic and meaningful view of progress.

HAIs are infections that patients can get while receiving treatment for a medical or surgical condition in a hospital or other health care facility. Some patients are at higher risk, such as those with immune system deficiencies, young children, or elderly patients. Other factors also can increase risk, such as longer hospital stays. Patients who acquire infections often spend additional time in the hospital healing from the infection.

This year’s report continues to show hospitals across the country working to reduce preventable infections.

The American Hospital Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published a new best practices resource guide about preventing infections in a health care environment.

In Pennsylvania, 95 hospitals are participating in HAP’s Hospital Innovation Improvement Network (HIIN) collaborative focused on eliminating health care-associated infections.

Although all infections are not preventable, following best practices in the use of devices (such as central lines, Foley catheters and ventilators) needed to treat patients, and judicious use of antibiotics, can decrease the incidence of infections. This can lower complications, length of stay and costs. The HAP HIIN continues to update Pennsylvania hospitals with evidence-based practices to improve patient outcomes.

HAP applauds the hospital community and their commitment to improving care and reducing harm events in Pennsylvania. HAP is one of sixteen hospital improvement innovation networks nationally, which are funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services with a goal of reducing harm events by 20 percent and readmission by 12 percent.

This year, HAP announced a new Excellence in Patient Safety Recognition program. Beginning with the 2019 HAP Leadership Summit, HAP will recognize hospitals that outperformed the prior year statewide hospital mean for central line-association blood stream infection (CLABSI), catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI), and clostridium difficile infections (CDI) rates. Hospitals that lower infections below the mean for all three conditions will receive this recognition. The 2018 benchmarks are:

  • CLABSI SIR 0.785
  • CAUTI SIR 0.775
  • CDI SIR 0.809

If you would like more information about, or are interested in joining, HAP’s HAI collaborative or other HIIN program, please contact HAP project managers, Mary Catanzaro or Claire Edelmayer.

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