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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
April 26, 2016

Mixed News on Hospital Infections

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JAMA. 2016;315(16):1694. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.4276

First, the good news: data from some 4000 acute care hospitals showed that the 17 758 central line–associated blood stream infections reported in 2014 represented a 50% decrease since 2008. Now, the not-so-good news: the 101 074 hospital-acquired Clostridium difficile infections reported in 2014 represented an 8% overall decrease since 2011; however, C difficile infections increased by 4% from 2013 to 2014.

The figures are among a number of statistics in the CDC’s first report to combine national data on antibiotic-resistant bacteria with progress on health care–associated infections (Weiner LM et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016;65[9]:235-241).

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