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.

"This initial state summary report provides baseline data that can help identify priorities and guide prevention plans and activities," according to the report. "Overall, during the first half of 2009, many states using NHSN for their CLABSI reporting mandates experienced fewer CLABSIs observed than predicted. These are encouraging results, but they are not definitive assessments of healthcare facility performance in any state, and they are limited to an initial 6-month reporting period."

The report is available at

--Joseph Goedert


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