Very little progress has been made on eliminating healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), according to a new section in the 2009 quality report. For example, of the five types of HAIs in adult patients who are tracked in the reports: Rates of postoperative sepsis, or bloodstream infections, increased by 8 percent; Postoperative catheter-associated urinary tract infections increased by 3.6 percent; Rates of selected infections due to medical care increased by 1.6 percent.
Infection Control Update Anonymous Healthcare Purchasing News; Jun 2010; 34, 6; Docstoc pg. 24 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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