CDC’s Dr. Scott Fridkin
Deputy Chief of DHQP’s Surveillance Branch
Author of Today’s State-Specific Healthcare-Associated Infections Report
As you may know, CDC captures and regularly releases national healthcare-associated infection (HAI) data through our National Healthcare Safety Network, a system that monitors infections at 2,800-plus healthcare facilities across the nation. Most recently, though, the NHSN team has been working to analyze and report HAI data at the state level, and some of our work was released today in a report called the First State-Specific Healthcare-Associated Infections Summary Data Report.
This report includes national HAI data from states with mandates to publicly report central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) and represents the first time CDC has released state-specific data. It’s also the first time we’ve used a measure called the standardized infection ratio (SIR) to summarize state or national data. Nationally, we saw an 18 percent decrease in CLABSIs. State results were encouraging as well, with most states showing lower than expected SIRs.
This week, we also released HAI plans submitted by states and U.S. territories. As states and territories move forward with implementing their plans, future SIR reports will allow them to track and improve progress over time.
Together, these pieces give us a snapshot of where we stand as a nation and will allow us to track progress over time toward goals in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Action Plan to Prevent HAIs.
What’s the next step? We plan to release SIR reports twice a year to help states monitor their progress over time. Future reports will include other infection types (such as surgical site infections) and all states. The more we dig into HAI data, the better we can tailor our prevention efforts. Our goal – to make healthcare as safe as possible.