Rates of Common Hospital-Acquired Infections Down in 2010

011.JPGThe rates of several hospital-acquired infections, including those caused by the deadly MRSA, decreased in 2010. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hospitals across the country have reported a drop of more than 3% in the numbers of hospital patients who acquired the deadly MRSA infection.

In 2010 there were 21.46 MRSA infections per 100,000 hospitalized patients. The Department Of Health And Human Services has set a goal of reducing MRSA infections by 50% by the year 2013.

There was also a drop of 33% in the numbers of central line-associated bloodstream infections. Surgical site infections also fell by 10%, while the number of urinary tract infections contracted through catheters in hospitals fell by about 7%.

According to the report, infection rates have dropped because of increased awareness about hospital-required infections. Hospitals and health-care workers have been taking steps to prevent such infections, including the use of proper hand washing and hand hygiene practices. Additionally, the number of central line-associated bloodstream infections has declined because healthcare workers have been taking preventive measures, including the use of sterile gloves, gowns and caps, and appropriate sterilization procedures before and after handling patients.

However, not all infection rates have shown a downward trend. Infections caused by the clostridium difficile bacteria (CDif) continue to remain resistant to prevention efforts. There was an increase of 1.1% in the number of these infections last year.

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