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Performance & Quality Improvement


Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!

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September 29, 2017

August 11, 2017

July 14, 2017

  • About 198 million people—or almost two-thirds of the US population—are now served by a health department accredited through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).
  • More than 90% of accredited health departments report that accreditation stimulates quality improvement, strengthens accountability and transparency, and improves management processes.
  • Health departments preparing for accreditation can use a crosswalk of PHAB accreditation standards and CDC’s Prevention Status Reports, as well as other tools and resources from CDC and its partners.

March 4, 2016

  • People who receive medical care can get serious infections called healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), which can lead to sepsis or death.
  • In certain kinds of hospitals, 1 in 4 HAIs are caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria that are urgent and serious threats to health.
  • Healthcare professionals should adopt critical actions with every patient every time to prevent HAIs and stop the spread of antibiotic resistance.

January 29, 2016

August 7, 2015

  • Antibiotic-resistant germs cause more than 2 million illnesses and at least 23,000 deaths each year in the United States.
  • National initiatives for infection control and antibiotic stewardship could prevent 619,000 antibiotic-resistant and Clostridium difficile infections over 5 years.
  • coordinated approach, where healthcare facilities and health departments work together, could prevent these life-threatening infections—according to this month’s Vital Signs.

July 31, 2015

May 29, 2015

July 25, 2014

March 7, 2014

  • Doctors in some hospitals prescribed up to 3 times as many antibiotics as doctors in similar areas of other hospitals, according to a newly released study of antibiotic prescribing practices in a sample of US hospitals, based on 2010 data.
  • Reducing the use of high-risk antibiotics by 30% can lower C. difficile infections by 26%.
  • State health departments can help hospitals develop antibiotic stewardship programs by facilitating the use of the CDC self-assessment checklist and an in-depth implementation tool.

December 9, 2011

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