Healthcare-Associated Infections in the United States


On any given day, about 1 in 25 hospital patients
have an infection caused by their medical care. Almost half of these
patients are 65 or older. There are 5 places where
patients are most likely to get infections: in the
bloodstream, the urinary tract, the gut, and the two most
common places are the site of surgery and the lungs. The germs most likely to cause
healthcare associated infections include: C. difficile, or
deadly diarrhea, Staph, including the drug-resistant
type known as MRSA, a family of germs known
as Enterobacteriaceae, that include CRE the “nightmare
bacteria,” Enterococcus, which can be resistant to
an important antibiotic, vancomycin, and Pseudomonas,
which can cause infections of the lungs and bloodstream. One in every 9 patients who gets
an infection will die during their hospitalization. Over the last several years,
great progress has been made in preventing some infections. For example, bloodstream
infections in patients with central lines
have been nearly cut in half in the last 5 years. But more work needs to be done. CDC’s goal is to eliminate
all healthcare-associated infections. We work 24/7 to save
lives and protect people.

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