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Healthcare-associated Infections (HAI) Progress Report

Healthcare-associated infections are a major, yet often preventable, threat to patient safety. The National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections Progress Report expands and provides an update on previous reports detailing progress toward the ultimate goal of eliminating healthcare-associated infections.  

The HAI Progress Report shows that significant reductions were reported in 2012 for nearly all infections. Central line-associated bloodstream infections and surgical site infections continue to approach the 5-year goals set in the National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections. The report shows minimal decreases for both hospital-onset C. difficile infections and hospital-onset methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections. Catheter-associated urinary tract infections increased. This signals a need for additional prevention efforts to meet the 5-year goals for these infections.

The HAI Progress Report consists of national and state-by-state summaries of healthcare-associated infections. On the national level, the report found:

  • A 44 percent decrease in central line-associated bloodstream infections between 2008 and 2012
  • A 20 percent decrease in infections related to the 10 surgical procedures tracked in the report between 2008 and 2012
  • A 4 percent decrease in hospital-onset MRSA bloodstream infections between 2011 and 2012
  • A 2 percent decrease in hospital-onset C. difficile infections between 2011 and 2012
  • A 3 percent increase in catheter-associated urinary tract infections between 2009 and 2012

CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) provided data for this report. More than 12,500 hospitals and other healthcare facilities provide data to NHSN. The Report helps measure progress toward the five-year HAI prevention goals outlined in the National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections: Road Map to Elimination (HAI Action Plan) set in 2009 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Progress is measured using the standardized infection ratio (SIR), a summary statistic used to track HAI prevention progress over time.

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What's in the Report

Executive Summary [PDF - 333 KB]
State Progress Landscape [PDF - 320 KB]
National Progress [PDF - 1.02 MB]
Individual State Progress

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Call to Action [PDF - 318 KB]
Technical Appendix [PDF - 327 KB]
References/Acknowledgements [PDF - 326 KB]
Data Tables [Excel - 182 KB]

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