Navigation Links
Decline in Potentially Lethal Hospital-Based Infections
Date:5/27/2010

CDC finds 'central line' catheter-linked illnesses fall 18 percent across the U.S.

THURSDAY, May 27 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitals across the United States are seeing a decrease of serious, often deadly infections from catheters placed in patients' necks, called central line catheters, a new report finds.

"Health care-associated infections are a significant medical and public health problem in the United States," Dr. Don Wright, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Healthcare Quality in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), said during a noon teleconference Thursday.

Bloodstream infections occur when bacteria from the patient's skin or from the environment get into the blood. "These are serious infections that can cause death," said Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, the associate director for Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Programs in CDC's Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion.

Central lines can be important conduits for these infections, he said. These lines are typically reserved for the sickest patients and are usually inserted into the large blood vessels of the neck. Once in place, they are used to provide medications and help monitor patients.

"It has been estimated that there are approximately 1.7 million health care-associated infections in hospitals alone each and every year, resulting in 100,000 lives lost and an additional $30 billion in health care costs," Wright said.

In 2009, HHS started a program aimed at eliminating health care-related infections, the experts said. One goal: to cut central line infections by 50 percent by 2013.

To this end, the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday released its latest update on the progress so far.

The report represents the first consistent tracking of blood infections caused by central venous lines across 17 states and "the results of the report are encouraging," Wright said.

Srinivasan agreed. According to the study, there has been "an 18 percent national decrease in central line-associated bloodstream infections during the first six months of 2009, compared to the previous three years," he said.

Srinivasan noted that most central line blood infections are preventable.

"We believe this decrease represents broader implementation of CDC guidelines and improved practices at the local level," he said. "The bottom line of this reduction is that we believe care in hospitals is getting safer, but we know there is more work to be done."

The report serves as a baseline to see how the country as a whole is faring in regard to these infections and also provides data so individual states can see where they stand, Srinivasan said.

On a state-by-state level, Vermont had the fewest infections, while Maryland had the most, according to the report.

"The real test will be comparing this data with future reports, which will be published every six months," he said. "At that point we can judge progress over time and determine whether these efforts are driving infections down."

Future reports will include all states, Srinivasan said. The states in the current dataset are those that currently have laws mandating the reporting of hospital infections to the CDC.

More information

For more information on hospital-based infections, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



SOURCES: May 27, 2010, teleconference with: Don Wright, M.D., M.P.H, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Healthcare Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary, Office of Public Health and Science, and Arjun Srinivasan, M.D., associate director for Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Programs, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; May 27, 2010, CDC report, First State-Specific Healthcare-Associated Infections Summary Data Report


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Cautious Optimism Begins, Pessimism Declines on U.S. and Global Economies Among U.S. Industrial Manufacturers, According to PricewaterhouseCoopers Q4 2009 Manufacturing Barometer
2. Decade of Decline in U.S. Teen Pregnancies Ends
3. New Survey Shows Slow Decline in Youth Smoking, Troubling Increase in Smokeless Tobacco Use - Congress, States Must Step Up Tobacco Prevention Efforts
4. U.S. Swine Flu Cases Chart Sharp Decline
5. Breast Cancer Decline Only Partly Due to HRT
6. New figures on cancer in Europe show a steady decline in mortality but big variations
7. Disability may be on the rise again after 20-year decline
8. Elderly Report Rising Rates of Disability After 20-Year Decline
9. Ginkgo Wont Slow Decline of Aging Brain
10. Physician Satisfaction with Electronic Medical Records Declines
11. Sexual function does not continuously decline after radiation therapy treatments for prostate cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/24/2016)... Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... plastic surgery procedures that most people are unfamiliar with. The article goes on to ... known procedures, but also many of these less common operations such as calf and ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Global law firm Greenberg ... Legal Elite. The attorneys chosen by their peers for this recognition are considered among ... Greenberg Traurig Shareholders received special honors as members of this year’s Legal Elite Hall ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Clinical Decision Making in Emergency Medicine conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. The ... published in Emergency Medicine Practice and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice. , ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Pro-Am Heroes Golf Classic Tournament held on June 20th at the Woodmont Country ... local charity, Luke’s Wings, an organization dedicated to helping service members that have been ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Randall Markarian, DDS, are co-chairs for the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS) Foundation’s ... 15-16 at the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville. , They expect ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 The vast majority of dialysis ... facility.  Treatments are usually 3 times a week, with ... including travel time, equipment preparation and wait time.  This ... grueling for patients who are elderly and frail.  Many ... and rehabilitation centers for some duration of time. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 The Biotechnology industry ... to present great opportunities to investors. Stock-Callers.com assesses the ... Corp. (NYSE: XON ), Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. ... ARNA ), and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ... and receive your complimentary trade alerts at: ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Delcath Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: DCTH ), a ... of primary and metastatic liver cancers, announces that the ... www.againsttheodds.eu - has been awarded a silver medal ... The website was developed as an education ... who are coping with the devastating diagnosis of cancer ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: