Hats Off for HAI Progress
Rich Umbdenstock, AHA President and CEO
If I were a hat-wearing guy, I'd be tipping mine right now to American hospitals for the progress they are making in eliminating hospital-acquired infections. We all agree than even one preventable infection is one too many, of course. But the Centers for Disease Control's latest numbers show that between 2009 and 2010, you reduced central line-associated bloodstream infections by 33%, invasive MRSA infections by 18%, surgical site infections by 10%, and catheter-associated urinary tract infections by 7%. There is still plenty of work to do before we can be satisfied, but these gains demonstrate once again what hospitals can accomplish when they work together to identify and implement evidence-based practices to protect patients from unnecessary harm. Well done! For more information, visit HRET's CUSP page.