The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention proposed two surveys be conducted regarding healthcare-acquired infections and the anti-microbial drugs used to fight such infections.
CDC targets hospital infections
Studies will be agency's first on subject since '80s
Under the proposal, the public health agency would survey 30 hospitals in 10 states on a single day and a second survey would take the same approach in the same states at 500 hospitals, the Federal Register said.
Information on such infections, such as bloodstream infections, varies among 21 states that mandate reporting, and hospitals in remaining states have discretion on collecting the data under the CDC’s voluntary National Healthcare Safety Network, said Scott Fridkin, deputy branch chief of the CDC division of healthcare quality and promotion surveillance.
Shelley Magill, a medical epidemiologist with the CDC division of healthcare quality and promotion, said the surveys will collect information about the prevalence and type of infections across hospitals, which will give public health officials information needed for prevention. Data on microbial drugs will give public health officials general information on which drugs are used and for which infections, she said.
The public health agency last conducted such surveys in the 1970s and 1980s , the Federal Register notice said.
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