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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
March 10, 2015

Improved Infection Control Still Falls Short of National Goals

JAMA. 2015;313(10):1005. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.1045

Hospitals in the United States made significant, even dramatic, progress reducing health care–associated infections (HAIs) in 2013 but still failed to reach national goals set in 2009 by the federal HAI action plan.

In its annual HAI update, released in January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tracked 6 infection types hospitals are mandated to report. The “National and State Healthcare-associated Infection Progress Report” summarizes data submitted to CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network, which monitors HAIs at more than 14 500 health care facilities across the country (http://1.usa.gov/1yxD74k).