Healthcare Associated Infection
CDC’s latest Vital Signs report urges healthcare workers to use a combination of infection control recommendations to better protect patients from healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and antibiotic resistance.
March 3, 2016
An estimated 15,000 deaths are directly attributable to C. difficile infections, making it a substantial cause of infectious disease death in the United States.
February 25, 2015
Today, CDC released two new reports that detail national estimates of HAIs and report on national and state-specific progress toward preventing HAIs. These reports show that progress is being made, but three-quarters of a million infections still threaten hospital patients.
March 26, 2014
A new study on antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals shows that using germ-killing soap and ointment on all intensive-care unit (ICU) patients can reduce bloodstream infections by up to 44 percent and significantly reduce the presence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
May 29, 2013
More than 150,000 patients have been impacted by unsafe medical injections since 2001. Breakdowns in proper infection control practices often involve providers reusing needles, syringes or single-dose medication vials, all of which are meant for one patient and one procedure.
November 28, 2012
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