US hospitals now less infectious

Central line-associated septicaemia declined 33%, invasive MRSA infections 18%, surgical site infections 10% and catheter-associated urinary tract infections 7%.

“Hospitals continue to make impressive progress in driving down certain infections in intensive care units through implementation of CDC prevention strategies,” said CDC director Dr Thomas Frieden in a media statement.

“Hospitals and state health departments need to translate this progress to other areas… such as dialysis and ambulatory surgery centres, and diarrheal infections such as C. difficile.”