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CDPH Releases Third Statewide HAI Reports
California leads in reporting health care-associated infection measures

California continues to be a national leader in reporting health care-associated infection (HAI) measures, according to results from several new updated reports released yesterday by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The reports summarize HAI data collected from California hospitals in 2011 using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network.

The reports provide data on central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs), surgical-site infections, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) bloodstream infections. California also is the first state to report MRSA and VRE rates. California trends reflect national trends in reducing HAIs, specifically CLABSIs. In addition to the new reports, CDPH has enhanced its HAI interactive map used to educate consumers and engage them in their own care. The HAI reports are available at For CHA talking points, go to