Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Healthcare Safety Network shows the prevalence of central-line associated bloodstream infections is 18 percent lower than previously predicted.

CDC has released the first of a series of reports on healthcare-associated infections, which can serve as baselines to assess state-based infection prevention programs. The "First State-Specific Healthcare-Associated Infections Summary Data Report" focused on central-line associated bloodstream infections. During a reporting period of January through June 2009, 1,538 facilities in 47 states and the District of Columbia reported 4,615 such infections.

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