CNS Communiqué

SURVEY FINDS DECLINE IN HOSPITAL-ACQUIRED INFECTIONS

Based on a survey of 199 hospitals across the United States, researchers found a 16% decline in the risk of hospital-acquired infections between 2011 and 2015, with the largest decreases seen with urinary tract and surgical site infections.  The prevalence of health care-related pneumonia and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) did not decline significantly during the period studied.  Pneumonia was the most common health-care associated infection, followed by gastrointestinal infections.  C. difficile was the most common gastrointestinal infection reported.