Friday, March 4, 2016

CDC Announces Progress Against Health care Associated Infections

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its March 2016 Vital Signs, recognizing America’s achievements in the fight against health care associated infections (HAIs), while urging U.S. health care partners to expand prevention efforts against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The national data featured in this new Vital Signs report, along with data from CDC’s latest annual progress report on HAI prevention, show that America is doing a better job of preventing health care-associated infections (HAIs), but more work is needed – especially in fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Many of the most urgent and serious antibiotic-resistant bacteria threaten patients while they are being treated in health care facilities for other conditions, which may lead to sepsis or death.

In addition to the Vital Signs and updated annual HAI progress report, CDC will also be unveiling the Antibiotic Resistance Patient Safety Atlas, a new web app featuring interactive data on HAIs caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The Atlas uses data reported to CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network from 2011 to 2014 from more than 4,000 health care facilities.

· Visit the Vital Signs web page to find the Vital Signs MMWR article, fact sheet, and other materials;

· Take advantage of CDC’s social media tools, such as the Vital Signs buttons and email updates (You can have Vital Signs sent directly to your own website to display through our content syndication service.);

· Join us for the Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference designed to provide a forum for our nation's health officials on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at 2 p.m. (EDT);

· Keep the CDC posted on how you are using and sharing this information and materials.  On social media follow @CDCgov and use #VitalSigns to be a part of the conversation.

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