However, clostridium difficile hospitalizations are not on track and data are not yet available for MRSA bacteremia hospitalizations and clostridium difficile infections.
Types of infections that were in decline include:
- Central line-associated bloodstream infections, or CLABSI, decreased 33%, with a 35% reduction among critical care and 26% drop among non-critical care patients between 2010 and the three-year period 2006-2008.
- Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in hospitals declined 7% between 2009 and 2010.
- Surgical site infections were reduced 10% in 2010 compared with a three-year baseline between 2006-2008.
- Invasive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections associated with healthcare settings declined 18% in 2010 compared with a two-year baseline, 2007-2008.
The agency said that data suggest that hospitals are making improvements in compliance with five Surgical Care Improvement Project process measures to reduce surgical site infections.