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Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: May 27, 2010
Contact: Division of News & Electronic Media, Office of Communication
(404) 639-3286

CDC Media Telebriefing on State Healthcare-Associated Infection Data


Release of "First State-Specific Healthcare-Associated Infections Summary Data Report," to be announced in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.


Don Wright, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Healthcare Quality, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary, Office of Public Health and Science

Arjun Srinivasan, M.D., FSHEA, CDR USPHS, Associate Director for Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Programs, CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion

Brief statements from:

  • Neil Fishman, M.D., President, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)
  • Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., FCCM, Professor, Johns Hopkins University; Director of Division of Adult Critical Care Medicine; Director, Quality & Safety Research Group; Medical Director, Center for Innovations in Quality Patient Care
  • Russell Olmsted, MPH, CIC, President-elect, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
  • Rachel Stricof, MPH, CIC, Director, New York State Health Department Bureau of Healthcare-Associated Infections, representing the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE)


CDC is releasing a report detailing state-specific and national central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) data using the standardized infection ratio (SIR) calculation. This report is the first to assign a national CLABSI SIR and the first to include any state-specific information. The report includes only states that require reporting of CLABSIs to CDC's healthcare-associated infection monitoring system, the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), and compares national and state data from January – June 2009 with national data from 2006-2008. This report provides baseline measurements that can guide state prevention activities. In addition, this report represents a first step in monitoring national progress toward the CLABSI prevention goals in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections.

Healthcare-associated infections are a significant burden in the United States, associated with approximately 99,000 deaths and up to $30 billion each year.


Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. EDT.


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A transcript of this media availability will be available following the briefing at the CDC web site at


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