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Healthcare Associated Infection

Superbugs threaten hospital patients

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

Reducing prescriptions of high-risk antibiotics by 30% in hospitals can lower deadly diarrhea infections by 26%.

Nearly half a million Americans suffer from C. difficile infections in single year

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

CDC microbiologist examining mrsa culture

Hospital Infections: Some Progress, but More Work Needed

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

CDC microbiologist, Valerie Albrecht, holds up two plates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

MRSA study: simple steps slash deadly infections in sickest hospital patients

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

Graphic from the 'One and Only Campaign', showing a syringe with the text 'one needle, one syringe, only one time'

The Impact of Unsafe Injection Practices in U.S. Healthcare Settings

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