CDC publishes new HAI prevalence study

CDC published the results of a 2015 multistate prevalence survey on HAIs in U.S. hospitals. The report showed that patients were 16 percent less likely to have an HAI in 2015 than they were in 2011. Among key findings:

  • On any given day, about one in 31 hospital patients has at least one HAI.
  • Fewer patients had HAIs in 2015 than in 2011, largely due to reductions in the prevalence of surgical site and urinary tract infections, likely related to a decrease in the use of devices such as catheters during this period.
  • More progress is needed in the prevention of C. difficile infections and pneumonia.

Read more about the CDC HAI prevalence study.