CHA News Article

CDC Issues Vital Signs Report on HAIs
Will host teleconference March 8

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released its annual Vital Signs report focusing on hospitals’ progress related to health care-associated infections (HAIs). The report notes the need for greater vigilance against antibiotic-resistant organisms — or “superbugs,” such as some strains of C. difficile and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) — and advocates that strong antibiotic stewardship programs are key in continuing the fight against HAIs. The report notes that, although progress has been made, more work is needed and highlights three critical efforts in HAI prevention: 1) preventing infections related to surgery or placement of a catheter; 2) preventing spread of bacteria between patients; and 3) improving antibiotic use.

CDC also released its annual update to the National and State HAI Progress Report, showing that California hospitals have decreased central line blood stream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, MRSA bacteremia and surgical site infections. The report shows C. difficile infections have increased in California.

In addition, CDC has launched its Antibiotic Resistance HAI Patient Safety Atlas, which provides interactive data about HAIs caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The tool is designed to be used by health departments and facilities to help determine infection control priorities, as well as for academic researchers, drug and device manufacturers and other interested parties.

CDC will be hosting a Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference designed to provide a forum for the nation’s health officials on March 8 at 11 a.m. (PT).