Healthcare-Associated Infection Rates Wane Over Time

But notes which infections have declined and which haven't....

Hospitals appear to be doing better at preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), a researcher said here.

A 2015 update of a 2011 point-prevalence survey showed a significant drop in HAIs over time, suggesting that national efforts to prevent the infections are having an effect, according to Shelley Magill, MD, PhD, of the CDC's Emerging Infections Program (EIP) in Atlanta.

The decline was driven by sharp drops in skin and soft tissue infections and urinary tract infections (UTI), Magill said at the annual IDWeek meeting, sponsored jointly by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS), the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), and the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA).

But some important conditions, notably pneumonia and Clostridium difficile infection, did not change significantly, suggesting there's more work to be done, Magill said.