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Health Agencies Update
December 27, 2016

New 5-Year Targets Announced for Health Care–Associated Infections

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Copyright 2016 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.

JAMA. 2016;316(24):2588. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.18655

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released updated targets for reducing health care–associated infections (HAIs) in acute care hospitals by 2020. The goals replace targets in place since 2009, when the national HAI Action Plan was launched.

Those targets mostly resulted in progress. The biggest success: central line–associated bloodstream infections substantially declined from 2008 to 2014, meeting the target. Four other measures—invasive and facility-onset methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections, facility-onset Clostridium difficile infections, and surgical site infections (SSIs)—showed reductions but did not achieve the target rates.