Healthcare facilities made headway during 2010 on reducing rates of central line-associated bloodstream infections, according to an infection report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The report covered all healthcare facilities that participated in the National Healthcare Safety Network, the CDC's electronic surveillance system for infection reporting, during 2010. According to the CDC, those facilities reported 33% fewer central-line infections than had been predicted. In 2009, facilities beat predictions by 15%.
"This suggests that the facilities reporting during both years not only sustained the prevention success of 2009, but improved even more in 2010," the CDC said in the report.
Success was more modest for catheter-associated urinary tract infections and surgical-site infections—areas the agency said require increased attention. Progress in infection prevention varied widely from state to state, the CDC said.