Posted on July 28, 2016
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published their latest report on the status of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) in March 2016. This HAI Progress Report1 includes national and individual state summaries of six types of HAIs based on 2014 data.
Findings for acute care hospitals show that antibiotic-resistant organisms caused:
These numbers increase to 1 in 4 infections in long-term acute care hospitals where the average length of stay is greater than 25 days.
CDC reported that the six antibiotic-resistant organisms of concern are:
The good news is that U.S. hospitals are getting better at preventing most HAIs. Data show:
The report also examines the role of C. difficile in HAIs. In 2011, C. diff caused almost a half million infections in the U.S. alone but between 2011 and 2014 with hospital-onset C. difficile decreasing by 8%.
Recognizing the emerging threat of antibiotic resistance, Congress appropriated $160 million in new CDC funding to implement the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria.2 The funding will be used to:
Does the incidence of antibiotic resistance in your facility reflect CDC’s findings? Do you see the same antibiotic-resistant organisms: CRE, MRSA, ESBLs, VRE, resistant Pseudomonas and Acinetobacter? Are you implementing an antimicrobial stewardship program? Do you have the support of an infectious disease physician and pharmacy?